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NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K  


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Registration will open August 1st.

THE RACE

The Virtual Race is still open for registration, but the in person NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K has been cancelled due to the blizzard. If you were registered for the in person event, please check your email for more information. 

We like to joke that the weather in NYC this time of year is fit for penguins, but the truth is it’s also fit for runners of all levels. Snag a new PR or simply add another race to your list; either way, the Frozen Penguin in Riverside Park is calling your name Chilly Willy.

Feel like doing this one independently? You may also choose the virtual option.

Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all aspects of this race are extremely subject to change. Please see the information below on COVID-19 precautions and restrictions.

THE COURSE  

This race will start and finish near 96th Street inside Riverside Park. You’ll wind through tree-lined paths on this totally traffic-free and peaceful course. The course is challenging, but offers plenty of downhills to make up for the uphills! 

5K Course Map

WAVE STARTS 

We will start the race in multiple socially distant waves, beginning as early as  7:00 AM and ending as late as 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.

VIRTUAL OPTION

Virtual races have been around for a few years at least and come in all shapes and sizes. Largely though, they are designed so that you can do the race you want, when you want.

You can run or walk anywhere you want, including a treadmill.  You can track your miles any way you want and with any device you want. For this race, you must run your race and submit your result during the month of February.

Once you've run, you'll submit your miles through  our new Run This One results system which is accessible to registered runners via their dashboard. You can automatically sync via MapMyRun and Garmin Connect, or you can add runs manually of course.

Most importantly, have fun.

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.
  • 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 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.

While we encourage you to bring your own hydration, water will be available at the start and finish. Due to COVID-19, we will forgo bagels, spreads and fresh fruit but we will have post-run snacks at the finish line.

The giveaway for this race will be winter gloves.  Free finish line photos will be available on your results page within a week of the race.

BIB MAILING

There will be no pre-race  or race day pickup for this event. Bib mailing is the only way for in person participants to get their bib and is included in the cost of registration. You must have your bib in hand or pinned to your chest to enter the race site. You will receive your gloves in your finish line bag if you are running the in person event. Gloves will be mailed to virtual participants. Virtual participants will not receive a bib.

Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid when items are shipped, approximately 10 days before the race.

COST   

See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks.  Register early to make things easier for us and cheaper for you! There is absolutely no race day registration.

Through 12/1 $40
Through 1/24 $45
Through 1/31 $50
Until Reg Closes $60
Virtual Option $20 Less Than Above

RESULTS & AWARDS

Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall. 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.  There are no awards for the virtual event. 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 1,2, or 3 train to 96th street and enter the park at 96th street between Riverside Drive and the entrance to the Henry Hudson Parkway. 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 will open August 1st.