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NYRR Gridiron 4M / Longest Football Throw



You’re not just an armchair quarterback. On February 1, get your own game on! Start the big day by testing the strength and accuracy of your arm in the Longest Football Throw contest starting at 8:00 a.m. Then run four miles in Central Park to burn off some pre-game energy. Wear your favorite team’s jersey to show your spirit, and make your choice for the Big Game’s champion by running under their banner near the 2-mile mark on the 102nd Street Transverse. After competing with your arm and then with your legs, you’ll have earned that seat to watch the game!

Live unofficial results are available during the race at Features include leaderboards, map tracking, and an individual runner search that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and family to follow your progress, and because the system works great on mobile devices, you can get unofficial results right after the race!

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All race information is subject to change.

Course Info

The course is the four-mile Central Park "inner loop."

Mile 1: Start on East Drive near East 68th Street and run north, ascending Cat Hill.

Mile 2: Continue north and and pass Engineers' Gate (East 90th Street). Turn left onto the102nd Street Transverse.

Mile 3: Show your support for your Super Bowl favorite by running in the lane that’s designated for your team of choice. Results will be tabulated and posted after the race. Turn left on West Drive and run south through a series of three rolling hills as you pass the Reservoir on your left.

Mile 4: Enjoy a welcome downhill, then a flat section. Pass the 72nd Street Transverse and finish on West Drive at 69th Street.

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers (which include your timing tag) and shirts may be picked up at NYRR (9 East 89th Street) on:

• Thursday, January 29, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
• Friday, January 30, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
• Saturday, January 31, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Shirt size is subject to availability. Please pick up on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, if possible, to avoid crowds. On race day, pickup will be at Race-Day Central in Central Park (see course map) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. If you pick up on race day, please be sure to allow yourself enough time to get from Race-Day Central to the start.

If you are unable to pick up your race materials, a friend or family member can pick up for you; the person will need to know your full name and date of birth. This policy is only for our weekly races, not for our marquee events.

During cold winter months and in wet weather, stickers do not adhere well to the clear bags provided for baggage check. Rather than cracking the peel and adhering the sticker to the outside of the bag, runners who check a bag on race day should slip the sticker inside their clear bag with the number facing outward.


The male and female winners of the Longest Football Throw each are awarded a football-themed gift basket.

Age-group award winners will be notified via email after results are finalized.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 9:00am


4 Miles

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Both Men and Women
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