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Sunday, January 8, 2023

NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K

Start Time: 9:00 AM
Central Park
New York, NY
5K

THE RACE

We like to joke that the weather in NYC this time of year is fit for penguins, but the truth is, it’s also for runners of all levels. Snag a new  5K PR (the cold should motivate you!) Either way, this race in Central Park is calling your name Chilly Willy. If you haven’t raced in Central Park in winter you’re in for an off-season treat!

THE COURSE

The 5K begins on West Drive near 90th Street and finishes on the 102nd Street transverse.

5K Course Map

HANDCYCLE/WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES

If you’d like to register for this event as a handcycle or wheelchair athlete, please submit your race registration and then send us an email at theteam@nycruns.com, 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!

THE AMENITIES

Bag check will be provided. 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 available at the start and finish.

Water and Gatorade will be available on the course, and hot cocoa (unless it's over 50 degrees 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 finish line 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.

BIB & SHIRT DISTRIBUTION

There will be no pre-race bib pickup for the in person event. If you register up to ten days before the event using a domestic address, your bib will be mailed to you. If you register after that or using an international address, you must pick up your bib in the festival area. Shirts may be picked up on race day.

Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid when your items are shipped, 5 - 10 days before the race.

There is no charge for domestic shipping. International athletes will need to pick up their bib on race day.

COST

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

Race Credit may be used to pay for up to 50% of this race.

Race day registration (if available) is online only.

5K Members Non-Members
Through 11/07 $36 $40
Through 12/05 $41.50 $45
Through 12/26 $49.50 $55
Until Online Registration Ends $65.00 $58.50

RESULTS, FINISH LINE PHOTOS & AWARDS

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. Age group awards 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.

Our awards policies are available here.

DIRECTIONS

To get to the main festival area (for bib and shirt pickup and bag check), 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 St. transverse near the finish line.

To go directly to the start take the C train to 96th street and enter through the 96th St. ramp. There are toilets, but no other amenities at this entrance.

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