Kurt Steiner Cross Country (5K)


“If you can hear my voice, you can break…” Whether it was an hour for 10K or four hours in the marathon, those words, projected by the beloved Kurt Steiner (1921−1993), encouraged countless race finishers to run their hearts out. Steiner, an NYRR founding member and a competitive runner and race walker, served for decades as an announcer at NYRR races, including the New York City Marathon.

Born in Austria, Steiner was a member of the French Foreign Legion who escaped from enemy captors. As a U.S. Army lieutenant in the 1950s, Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford was one of his soldiers. Steiner worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help stage the first five-borough New York City Marathon, in 1976, and assisted NYRR with race scoring, race applications, and media activities.

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 Kurt Steiner Cross Country! If your middle-schoolers 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-Sept. 20Race 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 13.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 11:30am



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