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Sunday, December 13, 2020

NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon (Real & Virtual Options)

Start Time: WAVES STARTING AT 7 AM - 12 PM
Central Park
102nd Street Crossing
New York, NY
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Registration Is Temporarily Closed. It Will Reopen October 31. If You Are Registered For The Big Apple Half Marathon, Please Check Your E-mail.

THE RACE

We’re saving the best for last with our classic winter half: the NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon. If you haven’t raced in Central Park in winter you’re in for an off-season treat. You’d never know that the clogged streets of 5th avenue and Central Park West are only a few yards away. The park is quiet and peaceful, with just the sounds of runners’ footsteps to serenade you.

We also reserve this race for our BIGGEST and FLASHIEST finisher medal. Seriously, normal people probably couldn’t even wear it around their necks, but YOU CAN because you’re an awesome athlete who just completed a half marathon in winter!

If you can't make it to Central Park this December, we have a virtual option for you as well! Virtual registrants will receive all of the amenities for this race shipped to your home and ready for you to run your best winter race.

Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all aspects of this race are extremely subject to change.

THE TRIBORO CHALLENGE

You like your bling and you want everyone to know how hardcore you are? Then run either the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon or Brooklyn Half Marathon, the NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon, and either the NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon or the  NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon and in addition to the great medals we give out for each race, receive an additional medal not to be believed!

COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed many things about our events. The following procedures will be in effect for this event:

  • You may not attend the event if you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive in the fourteen (14) days prior to the event.
  • You must wear a face covering throughout this event other than when running.
  • When running, you may remove the covering only when you can maintain social distance and the covering must remain around your head in some fashion so it can easily be reapplied. The covering must be worn for the first 500 and last 500 feet of the race and if the race has loops anytime you are within 500 feet of the start or finish line.
  • No guests are allowed at the race site
  • Upon entry to the race site, a medical professional will take and record your temperature.
  • To avoid crowding, you must show up on time for your designated wave and leave immediately after completing your race.
  • Running in a group of two or more is not permitted.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within the fourteen days following the event, you must email theteam@nycruns.com so that we may notify staff and participants as necessary.

Prior to the race you will receive details on exact procedures for this event.

THE COURSE

The race begins on West Drive near 96th Street, completing two and a half loops of the park across 72nd Street and up Harlem Hill before finishing on the 102nd Street transverse.

Half Marathon Course Map

WAVE STARTS

We will start the race in multiple socially distant waves, beginning as early as  7 AM and ending at noon. Your wave will be pre-determined and may not be changed.  We cannot advise you of exact wave time until the week of the race. Please arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to your wave to avoid crowding on the race site.

THE AMENITIES

Bag check will be provided. To reduce interaction with staff, we encourage you to avoid checking a bag. If you plan on checking a bag, you must use the single clear bag provided by NYCRUNS. You may not put another full bag/backpack/briefcase inside the clear bag. All items must fit inside the clear bag. NYCRUNS reserves the right to search your bag at any time.

Toilets will be provided and cleaned throughout the event.

Water at the finish will be delivered in a goodie bag along with gatorade, Dole Fruit Bowls in 100% Juice and other snacks.

The giveaway for this race will be a tech shirt*.  Free finish line photos and video will be available on your results page within a week of the race.

* In order to cut down on waste, we try not to overorder and sizes are not guaranteed. We recommend you register as early as possible to ensure you get your size mailed to you.

BIB & SHIRT PICKUP & MAILING

There will be no pre-race  or race day pickup for this event. Bib mailing is the only way to get your bib for this race and is included in the cost of registration. You must have your bib in hand to enter the race site.

Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid when bibs are shipped, 2-4 weeks before the race.

Early registrants may have their shirts mailed as well. If we do not have your size in time to mail it before the race, it will be available to pick up after your run.

COST

See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks. Race day registration (if available) is cash or credit, no checks please. Register early to make things easier for us and cheaper for you!

Through 8/24 $75
Through 10/19 $80
Through 11/30 $90
Through 12/10 $100
Packet Pickup - Race Day $120

RESULTS, AWARDS, FINISH LINE PHOTOS & VIDEO

Results will be emailed (often during the race) and the full results will be posted on our results page after the race. Finish line photos and video will also be available on the results page several days after the event.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall. Age group awards will be awarded to the top three in each the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and over. Our awards policies are available here.

VOLUNTEER

Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting volunteers for this race. Please check our Volunteer Page to see available shifts for other events. Volunteering at any of these upcoming events will earn you $50 in NYCRUNS race credit! Or in lieu of credit for yourself, you can have us donate $25 to a cause partner of your choice. What's this all about, anyway? Learn more about the volunteer program here.

DIRECTIONS

Take the C train to 102nd St. or the 6 train to 103rd St. and enter the park. Race HQ is located at the center of the 102nd Street Crossing near the finish line. Please check MTA Trip Planner for up to date and detailed mass transit directions and Google Maps for driving directions. Parking is limited at all of our events, we strongly encourage you to use mass transit.

POLICIES

The standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies, unless you are signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks. Strollers or dogs are not allowed in NYCRUNS races and you may be disqualified if earbuds or headphones hinder your awareness. You must remain on pace to finish within the time limit in order to receive course support and an official finish time. Please familiarize yourself with our complete policies and rules of competition.

As per the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, any adult interacting with amateur athletes, defined as a child or minor under the age of 18 that participates in youth running programs or any events hosted or operated by NYCRUNS, has a duty to report a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power within a 24- hour period to local law enforcement by calling the New York State Central Register at 800-635-1522. Participants found to be listed on a sex offender registry, convicted of a sex crime, or caught having, creating, or distributing child pornography will be immediately barred from all NYCRUNS events.

Race Contact

theteam@nycruns.com

Registration Is Temporarily Closed. It Will Reopen October 31. If You Are Registered For The Big Apple Half Marathon, Please Check Your E-mail.