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NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K

 

Upper Manhattan's diverse and picturesque Washington Heights neighborhood provides the backdrop for this 5K. On a hilly course that circles Fort Tryon Park and the historic Cloisters, runners are serenaded by musical groups playing—you guessed it—salsa, blues, and Irish folk music, plus gospel, merengue, and jazz!

A race within the race honors Captain Frederick Ill, Jr., a local firefighter who lost his life on 9/11.

Races for youngsters ages 2 to 12 are held after the 5K—between 50 feet and 1/5 of a mile on Fort Washington Avenue. They’ll sprint to the finish banner, where every kid will receive a medal from New York City firefighters and police officers.

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All race information is subject to change.

Course Info

The distance is short, but the hills make this a challenging course.

Mile 1: Start at West 173rd Street—five blocks north of the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory—and head north (and uphill) on Fort Washington Avenue. Run under the George Washington Bridge at 178th Street and continue uphill, then downhill, then uphill again.

Mile 2: Enter Fort Tryon Park and run counter-clockwise loop of Margaret Corbin Road over rolling hills.

Mile 3: Exit the park just past the two-mile mark and retrace your steps back down Fort Washington Avenue to the finish near 170th Street. 

Entry Fees

Oct. 10-23Oct. 24-Feb. 28Event Day
NYRR Members$26$31$33
Jr/Sr Members$18$23$28
Armed Services Veterans Members$18$23$28
Active Duty Military Members$18$23$28
Non-Members$41$45$48
Jr Non-Members$23$28$33

Kids' Races

This event was named the best race for kids in the Northeast by Competitor magazine! 

The entry fee is $6 in advance and $8 on race day, payable at number pickup/registration. Get all kids' races information here.

Kids’ race times are as follows:

10:15 a.m. – Ages 2–4 
10:30 a.m. – Ages 5–9 
10:45 a.m. – Ages 10–12 

Parents: To pick up your child's race number, please report at least 20 minutes prior to posted starting time. To ensure the safety of our participants, kids’ races are run in small groups, and actual start times may vary slightly depending on the number of children in each age bracket. Use the posted times as a guideline for when to report to the race start line for your child’s age bracket.

Number Pickup & Registration

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

• Thursday, February 26, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
• Friday, February 27, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 28, 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 event day, number pickup will take place at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, 216 Fort Washington Avenue (at West 168th Street): 5K: 7:30–8:30 a.m. / Kids' races: 8:45–10:15 a.m. Kids' races registration will close promptly at 10:15 a.m. If you pick up on race day, be sure to allow yourself enough time to get from number pickup 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.

On race day, baggage will be located on 169th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

Parents: To pick up your child's race number, please report at least 20 minutes prior to posted starting time. To ensure the safety of our participants, kids’ races are run in small groups, and actual start times may vary slightly depending on the number of children in each age bracket. Use the posted times as a guideline for when to report to the race start line for your child’s age bracket.

Awards

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

Every participant in the kids' races will receive a medal.

Prize Money

NYRR Member Prize Money for Men and Women
1st$400
2nd$300
3rd$200
4th$100
1st 40+$150
2nd 40+$100
3rd 40+$50
1st 50+ Age Graded$75
2nd 50+ Age Graded$50
3rd 50+ Age Graded$25

Time Bonuses
Top 3 Men Under 14:45$100
Male winner who breaks event record (14:29,Benson Barus, 2001)$100
Top 3 Women Under 17:00$100
Female winner who breaks event record (16:25,Aziza Aliyu, 2009)$100

DATE
Sunday, March 1, 2015 9:00am

LOCATION
Manhattan

DISTANCE
5K

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RACE TYPES
Both Men and Women
Club Points
Kids
Marathon Qualifier
Prize Money
Scored

RACE STATUS
Available

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Registration will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, February 27.

 

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