The Walk the Talk New York: Health for All Challenge returns on Sunday, September 17th, 2023 to Central Park to provide a healthy kickstart to the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) high-level week.
Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the New York City Mayor’s Office, and supported by a wide range of partners including the NYC Health Commission and the UHC Partnership, the second edition of the free Walk the Talk New York will also celebrate WHO’s 75th?anniversary this year, and provide an opportunity to promote solidarity and get people moving for physical and mental health.
Other partners include the International Olympic Committee, Global Citizen, The Carter Center and Hip Hop Health, a NY-based health promotion body associated with the American Public Health Association.
Walk the Talk New York brings together UN delegates, Member States, athletes and the local New York community in celebration of healthy lifestyles and raise awareness on the pursuit of health for all.
Famous entertainers and athletes will be joining the event to help bring fun and healthy energy to the day. Announcements will be made soon.
Walk the Talk New York will be open to all people to run, walk and use their adaptive devices over an approximately 4 mile route in Central Park route. Activities will commence from 7 a.m. with the official opening scheduled for 8.30 a.m.
The first-ever edition of the Walk the Talk New York event took place on Sunday, 22 September 2019, and brought together around 4000 people from all over the world for a celebration of health, on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly.
Starting and finishing on the 102nd Street Transverse in Central Park, the course takes you on a 4-mile loop of the crown jewel of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
Bag check and toilets will be provided. Water will be available on the course, and bagels, spreads, fresh fruit and more will be available at the finish line. Registered participants will receive a t-shirt.
Race-day packet pickup will be available in the festival about ¼-mile from the starting line beginning at
7:00 AM – 8:45 AM - bib and shirt pick-up (you must pick up these items before participating)
8:30 AM - opening ceremony
9:00 AM – walk/run begins
10:45 AM – closing ceremony
This is a free event open to people of all abilities.
There are no awards for this race.
From the west side, take the B or the C train to 103rd Street and Central Park West or the 1 train to 103rd Street and Broadway and walk eastward into the park.
From the east side, take the 6 train to 103rd Street and Lexington Avenue and walk westward into the park at Fifth Avenue and 102nd Street.
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