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Sunday, October 29, 2023

NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K

Start Time: 9:00 AM
Governors Island
Colonels Row
New York, NY


Now a two day event, the NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K & 10K is a weekend full of spooky scaries! Get ready to run for your lives!

This page is for the 5K on Sunday. You can register for the 10K on Saturday here.

The NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K & 10K is a race above all - but don't forget about the Halloween tricks and treats and, of course, the COSTUMES!

Your entry includes a ferry ride, your race-entry, a snazzy t-shirt, and post-race eats. Before or after you win your race, don't forget to head to festival area and enter our costume contest!


A whirlwind tour of Governors Island with amazing views! The 5K is one loop of the course.

Course Map


Due to the high number of turns in this course, we do not advise handcycle or wheelchair athletes participate in this event. We’d suggest registering for the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon or any of our races in Prospect Park & Central Park.


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.

Portable restrooms will be available for use throughout the event.

Water will be available on the course and at the finish. Bagels, spreads, fresh fruit, tricks and treats, 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. You will receive an email from MarathonFoto several days after the race to claim your photos.

* In order to cut down on waste, we try not to overorder and sizes are not guaranteed.


If you register up to ten days before the event using a domestic address, your bib will be mailed to you for no additional cost. Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid in the month preceding the race.

If you register after that, use an international address, or your bib doesn't arrive in the mail, you must pick up your bib before the race.

Shirts may be picked up on race day only. Please pick up as early as possible in order to ensure you get the size you want.


The Governors Island Ferry from Manhattan is how you get to the race, and your ferry ride is included in your race registration. The 4, 5 to Bowling Green; the R to Whitehall St.; the J to Broad St.; or the 1 to South Ferry are the closest subway stops to the Ferry Terminal at Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street.

Please arrive at the Ferry Terminal between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM if you are running the 5K and before 8 AM if you are running the 10K.

Taking the Governors Island ferry from Manhattan is your best option for arriving on time. Other ferry services may be available but are not recommended.

Please check MTA Trip Planner for up-to-date and detailed mass transit directions and Google Maps for driving directions. Driving is not recommended due to the lack of parking near the ferry.


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

Race day registration (if available) is online only.

Members Non-Members
Through 08/28 $36 $40
Through 9/25 $41.50 $45
Through 10/16 $49.50 $55
Until Online Registration Ends $59.50 $65


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

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.


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.

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 and be directed off the course by a race marshal, you agree to do so.

Please familiarize yourself with our complete 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.

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