United Airlines NYC Half


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The 2018 United Airlines NYC Half will take runners from around the city and the globe on a 13.1-mile tour of NYC. Led by a talent-packed roster of American and international elites, runners will stop traffic in the Big Apple this March!

The United Airlines NYC Half is a part of the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Run New York. Five Boroughs. One City.

Event hashtag: #UnitedNYCHalf—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!

Run Four Out of Six

Eligibility for entry to the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half will be guaranteed for NYRR members who have an active membership by the last qualifying event of the 2017 NYRR Five-Borough Series (NYRR Staten Island Half on October 8), and who have run four of the following six events in 2017:

  • NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half
  • United Airlines NYC Half
  • Airbnb Brooklyn Half
  • NYRR Queens 10K
  • New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
  • NYRR Staten Island Half

Be sure to check your Five-Borough Series status in your My NYRR profile.

Share Your Story

Tell us why you're running this year and what makes your story different. Have you overcome incredible odds or a big challenge in your life? Are you running to honor a special person or cause? Take our brief survey, and together we can inspire others through running. You could be featured on our blog and social media channels or asked to participate in local or national media opportunities. For inspiration, take a look back at stories from the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half

NYRR Pace Team

Members of the NYRR Pace Team—you’ll recognize their blue and white striped tanks—will carry signs that correspond with the following half-marathon finish times and paces:

Finish Time
per Mile
1:20 6:06
1:25 6:29
1:30 6:51
1:35 7:15
1:40 7:37
1:45 8:00
1:50 8:23
1:55 8:46
2:00 9:09
2:05 9:33
2:10 9:54
2:15 10:17
2:30 11:26

Watch the United Airlines NYC Half Live

  • In New York, catch live coverage of the race, from start to finish, on ABC7 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. ET. The race will also be streamed live on the ABC app in the New York area. 
  • Nationwide, a live stream of the race will be available on ESPN3 via WatchESPN and the ESPN app from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m ET. The live stream will be available on computers, tablets, smartphones, and streaming devices for those who have video subscriptions or subscriptions with affiliated partners. 
  • International viewers can watch the broadcast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET via a variety of global broadcast partners (check local listings).
  • Watch your own finish or find friends crossing the finish line with the Find Your Finish camera, live and on-demand on abc7NY.com (NYC) and ESPN3 (nationwide) from 8:10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. ET.

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Course Info

The Start

The United Airlines NYC Half will have two wave starts for runners, preceded by starts for pro wheelchair and handcycle athletes.

  Wave 1 Wave 2
Bag Check Opens 5:30 a.m. 5:30 a.m.
Corrals Open 6:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m.
Bag Check Closes 6:40 a.m. 7:35 a.m.
Corrals Close 7:10 a.m. 7:55 a.m.
Start 7:30 a.m. 8:15 a.m.


Read about the new course layout for the United Airlines NYC Half:

Miles 1–2: Start on Flatbush Avenue near the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. Bear right around Grand Army Plaza and continue on Flatbush Avenue.
Mile 3: Cross the East River from Brooklyn into Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge.
Mile 4: Turn off the Manhattan Bridge onto Canal Street, and follow Canal Street to East Broadway.
Mile 5: Take a slight right from East Broadway onto Grand Street, and then a left onto Columbia Street. Take Columbia Street to East Houston Street and take a right, and then follow the exit ramp left onto the FDR Drive.
Miles 6–7: Continue north on the FDR Drive. Merge right onto the exit ramp for East 42nd Street.
Mile 8: Follow East 42nd Street to Seventh Avenue and turn right.
Mile 9: Run north on Seventh Avenue and enter Central Park, following Center Drive toward East Drive.
Miles 10–11: Continue on East Drive in Central Park. Turn left at the 102nd Street Cross Drive, and take another left onto West Drive in Central Park.
Miles 12–13.1: Follow West Drive south, around the Reservoir, to the finish line at West 75th Street.

Number Pickup & Registration

Runners must pick up their race number, technical shirt, and bag-check bag at the United Airlines NYC Half Experience Presented by New Balance, which will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan, on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 15: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 17: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Check back closer to race day for a schedule of hours for pickup. Bibs will be assigned on-demand. This means that you will not be assigned a race number until you pick up your bib at the Experience.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition | Race Procedures | Run Clean


The 2018 United Airlines NYC Half finisher certificate will be available free of charge in both digital and print versions. Be on the lookout for a post-race communication from MarathonFoto with information about the finisher certificate.

Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall, as well as in age and gender groups as explained in this article. A list of all award winners will be posted in the results for each race.

Award winners that wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

Prize Money

Open Division, Men and Women

NYRR Member Division, Men and Women
Cumulative with Open Division;
members must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Wheelchair Division, Men and Women

Women must start as part of the women-only invitational start at 7:18 a.m. to be eligible for prize money in the open category and NYRR member categories. NYRR member prize money will be determined by order of finish based on gun time.

To be eligible for any NYRR member awards, an athlete must be a member in good standing of NYRR since September 18, 2017.

Follow The MTA's Weekender schedule to avoid disruptions and delays.

If you bike to the race, please follow our bike parking guidelines.

All race information is subject to change.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 7:30am

New York City


Download Course Map (PDF)

Both Men and Women
Charity Spots
Finisher Medals
Marathon Qualifier
Prize Money


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Registration will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, November 30.


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Title Partner | Official Airline
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Official Athletic Footwear and Apparel Partner of NYRR
Official Hospital
Official Media Partner
Official Isotonic Beverage
Official Apple
Official Bottled Water
Official Energy Bar/Energy Gel
Contributing Partner


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