Normally, we love Governors Island, but I have a bad feeling about this.
Governors Island was completely off limits to normal New Yorkers for 200 years and now it's a wonderful destination with the best views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn coastline, and the New York Harbor. What nobody tells you about though is the terrifying history of the place. Military executions, accidents, tragedies, and more - buried safely in mass graves and abandoned cemeteries. Let’s just say you’d best run a FAST 5K or 10K.
After you’ve scared yourself silly, stick around for Halloween treats, including candy! Costumes encouraged!
Your entry to the NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K and 10K includes a ferry ride, your race-entry, a snazzy tech t-shirt, and post-race eats. Then make a day of it and stick around for island fun, including all sorts of Halloween goodness.
A whirlwind tour of Governors with amazing views! The 5K is one loop of the course; the 10K is two loops.
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 following races: NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon & 5K, NYCRUNS Prospect Park 5K & 10K, NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon, NYCRUNS Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5K & 10K, NYCRUNS Cocoa Classic 5K & 10K, NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon & 5K.
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.
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 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.
If you register by 10/17 using a domestic address, your bib will be mailed to you. You will pick up your shirt race day on Governors Island
If you register after that, you will need to arrive to pick up both your bib and shirt on Governors Island.
Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid when your items are shipped.
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 day registration (if available) is online only.
|5K & 10K||Members||Non-Members|
|Until Online Registration Ends||$65.00||$58.50|
Results will be emailed (often during the race) and the full results will be posted on our results page after the race. Finish line photos will also be available on the results page several days after the event.
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.
There's only one way to get to the island - the Governors Island ferry, and your ferry ride is included in your race registration. You must arrive at the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. no later than 7:30 AM to check in and you must have your race bib. The 4,5, R, and 1 trains are closest to the ferry terminal. Please note, the ferry is only for registered runners and paid spectators with visible race bibs. Information regarding public access to Governors Island is available here.
Please check MTA Trip Planner for up to date and detailed mass transit directions and Google Maps for driving directions.
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.