We’re saving the best for last with our classic winter half: The NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon. If you haven’t raced in Central Park in winter you’re in for an off-season treat. You’d never know that the clogged streets of 5th avenue and Central Park West are only a few yards away. The park is quiet and peaceful, with just the sounds of runners’ footsteps to serenade you.
We also reserve this race for our BIGGEST and FLASHIEST finisher medal. Seriously, normal people probably couldn’t even wear it around their necks, but YOU CAN because you’re an awesome athlete who just completed a half marathon in winter!
The race begins on West Drive near 96th Street, completing two and a half loops of the park across 72nd Street and up Harlem Hill before finishing on the 102nd Street transverse.
Bag check and toilets will be provided. Water and Gatorade will be available on the course, and bagels, spreads, fresh fruit and more will make up the usual great NYCRUNS post race spread to greet you at the finish line. The giveaway for this race will be a great long sleeve tech t-shirt*. All finishers will receive a medal.
*Sizes are guaranteed – if we don’t have your size at the race, email email@example.com within two days of the race and we’ll ship your shirt to you a few weeks later. Make sure to include the race name, your name, size and shipping address in the body of the email.
Pre-Race packet pickup will be in Manhattan on 12/7 at a time TBD. Please check this page on December 1st for the exact time and location. Race day packet pickup will be available in the festival about 1/4 mile from the starting line beginning at 7:00 AM and ending at at 8:30 AM.
Bib mailing is available for this race for participants registered by 11/8. You must choose this option when registering and the bib must be mailed to the address you choose then. Shipping to domestic US addresses only. The cost is $15.00. Note: Shirts will not be mailed. They will be available for pickup before or after the race.
See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks. Race day registration (if available) is cash or credit, no checks please. Register early to make things easier for us and cheaper for you!
|Until online registration closes||$80|
|Race Day & Packet Pickup (if available)||$100|
Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall. Age group awards will be awarded to the top three male and female runners 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.
Finish line photos and video will also be available on the results page. These may not be published for several days.
Want to race this one for free? Volunteer at any of these upcoming events! Or in lieu of credit for yourself, you can have us donate $25 to a cause partner of your choice. What's this all about, anyway? Learn more about the volunteer program here.
Take the C train to 102nd St. or the 6 train to 103rd St. and enter the park. Race HQ is located at the center of the 102nd St. transverse near the finish line. 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.
You like your bling and you want everyone to know how hardcore you are? If so, then signup for either the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon or the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon and the NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon and we suspect you'll have something to show off not long after you have completed both races, though it will be a bit bigger for Brooklyn Marathoners. Everyone's a winner, but there's a secondary competitive aspect to this as well, that we have to keep under wraps until after Brooklyn. Just trust us.
The NYCRUNS InterClub Challenge returns with a unique competition incorporating three races across two events - the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon, the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon, & The NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon. Details here.
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.