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.
The course map below is largely correct, but will be slightly revised before race day. The 5K is one loop and the 10K is two loops.
Want to have someone cheer you on at the finish? Up to 4 people can join you but they will need to register as spectators at $20 per person and accompany you to the ferry. Spectators receive a bib which they must wear to board the ferry and to partake of post-race food and drink. Spectator bibs may be purchased when registering or at packet pickup. Spectator bibs can only be picked up at packet pickup or mailed. Children three and under do not require a bib and strollers are allowed on the ferry, but not in the race.
(This charge is necessary as there are limited spots on the pre-race ferries)
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. Free finish line photos and video will be available on the results page. The giveaway for this race will be a great tech t-shirt*.
*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. Shipping to domestic US addresses only.
Due to security restrictions, you must have your bib and any spectator bibs in advance of race day.
Pre-Race pickup will be Friday 10/25 from 12 PM-6 PM at Paragon Sports (867 Broadway) in Manhattan. Take the 456LNQRW to Union Square.
A friend or acquaintance may pick up your packet for you--they'll need only provide your name to packet pickup staff.
You may also opt for bib mailing (see below) and pick up your shirt after the race.
There will be no race day packet pickup whatsoever.
Bib mailing is available for this race for participants registered through 9/30. 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. Any spectator bibs associated with your registration will also be shipped to you with your bib mailing selection. Note: Shirts will not be mailed. They will be available for pickup 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||$45|
|Packet Pickup (if available)||$60|
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 and video will also be available on the results page several days after the event.
Awards will be given to the top three male and female 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.
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.
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.