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Can I run with my baby in a stroller? How about my dog?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow strollers on the course or in the corrals for safety reasons. We do not allow dogs or any other animals at our events even as spectators. Please leave your furry friends at home.

I’m not much of a runner, but I love to bike/scoot/roller blade/skate. Can I do that if I register?

We’re sorry, but the course is open to runners, walkers, and athletes with adaptive use devices.

What happens if I’m late? Can I still run the race and get timed?

You must be at the start of any given race on time or you risk not being scored properly. We recommend arriving at least one hour before the start.

Where do I wear the bib?

Generally, the bib should go right below your chest. Place it anywhere else and it might not work and then you don’t get scored.

I’m excited to run, but I’m not very fast. How long do I have to cross the finish line?

No worries! We have runners of all paces, and we’re happy to have you.

Check out the following maximum finish times and paces for all of our races:

  • 5K: 1 hour, 2 minutes(20:00 min/mi pace)
  • 5 Miles: 1 hour, 40 minutes (20 min/mi pace)
  • 10K: 2 hour, 05 minutes (20:00 min/mi pace)
  • 10 Miles: 2 hours, 30 minutes (15 min/mi pace)
  • Half-Marathon: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes (16 min/mi pace) *Except Brooklyn which is 4:30 (20 min/mi pace)*
  • Marathon: 6 hours, 35 Minutes (15 min/mi pace)

As long as you meet these requirements, you can rest assured your efforts will be supported with hydration stations, course amenities, and proper medical coverage. If you cannot maintain the minimum pace at an NYCRUNS event, your finish time may not be recorded and you may be asked to remove yourself from competition by either vacating the course or surrendering your race bib. Please understand that these practices are in place for your safety.

Are headphones OK? I really need music to stay motivated when I run!

We recognize that many of you run best with music or audio books but to ensure your safety and the safety of others, please do so in a manner that allows you to be aware of your surroundings. We’d prefer that you leave one ear unobstructed by only wearing one earbud at all times.

If, at any time an NYCRUNS staff member or a volunteer sees that you do not heed the directions of a course marshal, or your awareness is otherwise hindered by your headphones or earbuds, you may be disqualified.

I signed up for a race, but I’m under the weather; can I give my husband my bib?

We know things come up, and sometimes you’re unable to run the race you registered for. Unfortunately, bib transfers are not permitted. If you’re a NYCRUNS member, you may be able to receive a full deferral for the race. Learn more.

I’m registered for the 10K, but I’d rather run the 5K. OK to switch?  

If the event you are registered for has multiple races (e.g., a 5K and a 10K) you may  switch races, but you must do so via email before online registration closes. Please do not simply run a race you didn’t originally register for as that will screw up scoring and impact other runners. Email us at to request switches.

How do the awards work? Do you go by the gun time or the net (chip) time?

The top three people in each gender are scored by gun time. All age group awards are done by net (chip) time.

Could you simplify all this for me? 

NYCRUNS reserves the right to reject any entry and to disqualify and bar any individual from any event for any reason.

This rejection/disqualification may be based on, but is not limited to: violation of any rule or instruction set forth by NYCRUNS, any client race director, any governmental agency, any governing body, unsportsmanlike conduct, non-payment of race fees, competing with an unofficial number; competing with an official number or bib assigned to another person, transferring or attempting to transfer an official bib, or to obtain such bib from another person, crossing the finish line without having completed the entire course, and providing false information on the race entry form.

Individuals disqualified from a race will be removed from the race results and may be barred from future events.

For questions about these rules and regulations, please email