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Saturday, December 3, 2022

NYCRUNS Cocoa Classic 5K & 10K

Start Time: 5K: 8:30 AM | 10K: 9:15 AM
Prospect Park
Center Drive
Brooklyn, NY


Please note, this race is on December 3rd. An email was sent out on 11/21 that misstated the date.

Join us in Prospect Park for a sweet 5K or 10K. Crossing the finish line of the 5K or 10K course you’ll be greeted with steaming cocoa and the satisfaction of a race well run. Afterwards, grab brunch at any of the many great spots within walking distance!


You'll run almost 2 complete loops of the park (but you'll only run the hill once!) for the 10K and a little less than a loop for the 5K.

5K Course Map
10K Course Map


If you’d like to register for this event as a handcycle or wheelchair athlete, please submit your race registration and then contact The Team, so that we can account for you in our handcycle and wheelchair athlete start. We will be in touch with you about start logistics as we get closer to the race!


Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all aspects of this race are extremely subject to change. The following COVID protocols are planned for this event. Prior to the race you will receive more information if changes or additions are necessary.

  • At this time, there is no vaccination requirement for this race. This may change at any time. We encourage all athletes to get vaccinated unless they have a valid reason not to.
  • 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.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within the fourteen days following the event, you must contact The Team so that we may notify staff and participants as necessary.
  • In order to manage crowding, spectators are discouraged at the race, particularly at the start and finish. NYCRUNS reserves the right to ask spectators to leave the race site.


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.

While we encourage you to bring your own hydration, water will be available on the course for the 10K and at the finish. Bagels, spreads, fresh fruit and more will make up the usual great NYCRUNS post race spread to replenish you at the finish line.

The giveaway for this race will be a tech shirt*.  Free photos will be available 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.


 If you register by 11/13 using a domestic address, your bib will be mailed to you. You will pick up your shirt race day in the festival area. Shirts* are available both before and after the race.

If you register after that, you will need to arrive to Prospect Park by 7AM to pick up for the 5K or 7:30AM to pick up for the 10K. Bib pickup will be available in the festival area as well as the 5K start line.

Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid when your bib is shipped.

*Sizes are not guaranteed. If you've got your heart set on a size, plan on pick up your shirt before the race.


See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount on this race, race withdrawal rights, and other perks. You can become a member when you check out.

Race day registration (if available) is online only.

5K & 10K Members Non-Members
Through 10/24 $36 $40
Through 11/21 $41.50 $45
Until Online Registration Ends $49.50 $55


Results will be emailed  and the full results will be posted on our results page after the race. Results will be emailed (often during the race) and the full results will be posted on our results page after the race.

You will receive an email from MarathonFoto several days after the race with photo information.

Awards will be given to the top three male, female, and non-binary runners overall in each race. Age group awards in the 5K will be awarded to the top three in each the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. Age group awards in the 10K will be awarded to the top three in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.

Our awards policies are available here.


The closest subway to the start is the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza. The closest subway to the festival area is the Q at Prospect Park. Note that it may be up to a 20 minute walk between  the festival area and the race starts so please plan accordingly.

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.


The standard no-refunds, no-withdrawals, no-transfers policy applies, unless you are signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race withdrawal 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.