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Saturday, December 4, 2021

UAE 5K For The 50th

Start Time: 9:00 AM
Prospect Park
Center Drive
Brooklyn, NY


Join us to celebrate the UAE's 50th anniversary with a 5K run through one of NYC's most iconic parks! The UAE 5K for the 50th promises a one-of-a-kind run featuring a festival fairground area, traditional UAE experiences, and more.

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington D.C. invites you to join us at Prospect Park for a race celebrating 50 years of history and friendship!

Learn more about the longstanding relationship between the UAE and US:

Follow UAE USA United on social media for updates.


You'll run  a little less than a loop of the Park for the 5K.

5K Course Map


COVID-19 has changed many things about our events. The following procedures are planned for this event. Prior to the race you will receive more information if changes or additions are necessary.

  • 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.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within the fourteen days following the event, you must email so that we may notify staff and participants as necessary.
  • If you are not vaccinated, 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.
  • In order to manage crowding, spectators are discouraged at the race, particularly at the start and finish. NYCRUNS reserves the right to ask spectators to leave the race site.


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  and Gatorade will be available on the course and at the finish. Bagels, spreads, Dole Fruit Bowls in 100% Juice 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 on your results page within a week of the race.

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


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 and shirt 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.

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.

The festival area is a 15 minute walk to the start line. Please arrive by 8AM to retrieve your bib and check your bag.


See chart below. Our standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies. This event is ineligible for perks provided by the NYCRUNS membership program. Race Day Registration, if available, will be credit card only.

Through 10/31 $15
Through 11/14 $25
Through 11/28 $30
Until Online Registration Closes $35


Results will be emailed  and the full results will be posted on our results page after the race. Photos will be available on several days after the event.

Awards will be given to the top three male, female, and non-binary runners overall in each race as follows:
1st place - $2,500
2nd place - $1,500 each
3rd place - $500 each

The following are the minimum finish times to qualify for cash prizes:

Finish Time Pace Per Mile
Male 15:00 4:50/mile
Non-Binary 16:00 5:09/mile
Female 17:00 5:28/mile

For this event only, $50 gift cards will also be given to age group award winners. 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 closest subway to the start is the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza. The closest subway to the festival area is the Q at Prospect Park. Note that it may be up to a 20 minute walk between  the festival area and the race starts so please plan accordingly.

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.


The standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies, unless you are signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program.  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.

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