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Sunday, January 5, 2025

NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin 5K

EVENT BEGINS - 7:00 AM | 5K - 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 fit for runners of all levels. Snag a new 5K PR to start the year! This race in Central Park is calling your name, Chilly Willy!

THE COURSE

The 5K begins near 93rd Street on the West Drive and finishes on the 102nd Street Crossing.

All NYCRUNS courses are USATF-certified.

5K Course Map | Certification

AMENITIES

Bag Check - 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 - Portable restrooms will be available for use throughout the event.

Refreshments - Water will be available on the course. Water & electrolyte beverage, bagels, spreads and fresh fruit will be available at the finish line.

Swag - The giveaway for this race will be a tech shirt. Shirts may be picked up on race day only. In order to cut down on waste, we avoid ordering more than we need; thus, sizes are not guaranteed. If you have your heart set on a size, we recommend picking up your shirt before the race.

Photos - Photography will be available for purchase within a week of the race. You will receive an email from MarathonFoto several days after the race with information about how to claim your photos.

BIB DISTRIBUTION

You may pickup your bib in the festival area on race day. NYCRUNS does not host a pre-race bib pickup for this event.

If you register thirty days or more before the event using a domestic address, you can also have your bib mailed to you. This service is free if you are an NYCRUNS Member, and you can become one at checkout. You can also add this service to your registration for $20. Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid in the month preceding the race.

If you register less than 30 days before race day, or you have an international address, you must pick up your bib on race day no more than an hour before your start time.

RESULTS & AWARDS

Results will be emailed and the full results will be posted on our results page after the race. If you do not see your result online or receive an email with your finish time, please fill out this form.

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.

Additional information about awards can be found in our help section here.

COST

See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 50% discount on this race, race withdrawal 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 11/13 $20 $40
Through 12/11 $22.50 $45
Through 12/25 $25 $50
Until Online Registration Ends $30 $60

DIRECTIONS

To get to the main festival area (for bib pickup, shirts and bag check), take the C train to 102nd St. or the 6 train to 103rd St. and enter the park. The Festival 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 portable 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 the use of mass transit.

POLICIES

The standard no-refunds, no-transfers policy applies. Withdrawals for race credit are only applicable to those signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program.

Strollers and dogs are not allowed in NYCRUNS races.

You may be disqualified if earbuds or headphones hinder your awareness.

All NYCRUNS races have time limits. You must remain on pace to finish within the time limit in order to receive course support and an official finish time. Should you fall behind pace, you may be directed off the course by a race marshal.

Please familiarize yourself with our complete rules of competition.