Harry Murphy Cross Country (5K)


Born in Brooklyn, Harry Murphy (1914-1993) was a founding member of NYRR in 1958 and co-founded the Prospect Park Track Club (PPTC) in 1970. A sign maker by trade, Murphy painted countless signs for NYRR events, earning the nickname "The Brush." As a runner, coach, and mentor, Murphy is remembered by PPTC members for his innovative workouts and for helping many to develop a love for running. Those runners who did not have the privilege of knowing Murphy before he passed away in 1993 can celebrate his legacy on the trails of Van Cortlandt Park at this race.

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

Registration for Cross Country Races

Each of NYRR's cross country races allows for 300 runners to register online. When a cross country race reaches its online capacity, this will be noted on the race page. Additional runners will be able to sign up at the event. Please email mynyrr@nyrr.org if you have any questions about registration.

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All race information is subject to change.

NYRR Youth Running Series

We've added youth races at the Harry Murphy Cross Country! If your middle-schoolerss 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

July 2-15July 16-Oct. 4Event 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, October 6.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 11:30am



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Both Men and Women


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Registration will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, October 2.



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