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Fred Lebow Cross Country Championships


Fred Lebow believed that running is for everyone. A visionary genius, he co-founded the New York City Marathon in 1970 and served as president of NYRR and race director of the marathon for 22 years. Under his leadership, the marathon was transformed from a small race in Central Park to a five-borough extravaganza. Lebow was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1990 and while in remission, he finished the 1992 New York City Marathon alongside nine-time New York City Marathon champion Grete Waitz in 5:32:34. He died at age 62 on October 9, 1994. Celebrate and honor Lebow at this annual cross country event!

Please note: NYRR cross country races are not 9+1 qualifiers.

About Registration for this Race

Each of NYRR's cross-country races allows for 300 registrants to sign up online. When a cross-country race has reached its online capacity, we will note this on the race page, and additional runners will be able to sign up at the event itself. Please email if you have any questions.

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All race information is subject to change.

NYRR Youth Running Series

The Fred Lebow Cross Country Championships now includes youth races for middle-schoolers! If your kids love to run, sign them up today for these new races designed just for kids. Each youth race is timed and scored and every child gets a race T-shirt. Learn more here.

Course Info

Start on "The Flats," a wide field bordering Broadway, and head south. Turn left/east to pass the Van Cortlandt Mansion along the southern edge of The Flats, then left/north again to enter the woods at the Cow Path entrance. Ascend the trail as you continue north. 

As the trail parallels the Henry Hudson Parkway, make the right turn toward the Back Hills. Make this complete loop, then head back toward The Flats. The trail is mostly downhill and flat. Exit the woods with about three-quarters of a mile to go and continue to the finish along Broadway beyond the Tortoise and Hare statue.

Entry Fees

Jul. 2-15Jul. 16-Nov. 15Event Day
NYRR Members$11$13$15
Jr/Sr Members$8$10$12
Armed Services Veterans Members$8$10$12
Active Duty Military Members$8$10$12
Jr. Non-members$8$10$12

Number Pickup & Registration

Bib pickup will be at Van Cortlandt Park on race morning only, near the Tortoise and Hare statue at Broadway and 248th Street, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. 


Awards will be available after the race. Official results will be posted online on Monday, November 17.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 11:30am



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