France Run (8K)



Join us for a touch of France in Central Park. This race is inspired by the incredible culture and offerings of France. Come out for a family-friendly event with kids’ races, and celebrate France with a New York twist. This event offers something for everyone: nearly five French miles in Central Park, excellent giveaways, including delicious treats, a technical shirt for every registrant, and fantastic raffle prizes like a trip to Paris on Air France.

Arrive early for a pre-race warm-up presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. We'll kick things off at 7:15 a.m. near the Bandshell at Race-Day Central.

Event hashtag: #FranceRunNYC—use it in your public tweets and Instagrams to be automatically entered into the NYRR Social Hashtag Challenge to win prizes!

Course Info

Mile 1: Start on East Drive at 66th Street and head north, ascending Cat Hill.

Mile 2: Continue north on a flat and downhill section and pass Engineers’ Gate (East 90th Street)and the 102nd Street Transverse.

Mile 3: Run past Lasker Pool and around the top of the park, through the Harlem Hills to West Drive.

Mile 4: Continue south on West Drive through a series of three rolling hills as you pass the Reservoir on your left.

Mile 5: Enjoy a downhill, then a flat section. Turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse and finish just west of Bethesda Terrace.

Kids' Races

Kids' races (ages 2–12) begin at 9:45 a.m., and all kids should line up for their race on Center Road by 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $6 in advance and $8 on race day. Please note that parents/guardians of children ages 5 and older will not be permitted to enter the course; all parents should meet their children after their races in the reunion area and must have the claim tag located on the bottom of their bib number. No child will be released to an adult without a claim tag.

Check out our guidelines for NYRR kids' races before race day.

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers (which include your timing tag) and shirts for adults and kids may be picked up at the NYRR Running Annex at 322 Columbus Avenue (between West 75th and West 76th streets). Number pickup is offered Monday through Saturday for this race during the following hours:

  • Monday, August 15, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Show the QR code from your race confirmation email or your My NYRR account to pick up your race materials. Please pick up during the week to avoid crowds on race day. Race-day lines may impact your ability to get to the start on time. Shirt size is subject to availability; please note that shirts may not be available at race-day pickup.

On race day, pickup will be at Race-Day Central in Central Park from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. (8K race) and 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. (kids' races). Bag check, located at the northern end of Center Road, will be open from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. 

If you're unable to pick up your race materials, a friend or family member can pick up for you; the person will need your QR code (printed or digitally) and will need to know your T-shirt size. This policy is in effect only for our weekly races, not for the United Airlines NYC Half or the TCS New York City Marathon.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition | Race Procedures

Post-Race Festival

After your run, stick around for the post-race festival, which will include fun for the whole family:

  • At the Air France Flying Blue tent, register for your chance to win a trip for two to Paris to participate in the 2017 Paris Marathon. Stop by the on-site photobooth, too!
  • Face painting will be available at the Air France children's corner.
  • Complimentary massages will be available at the Air France Cares tent in the post-race festival area.
  • Try delicious Nature Addict Fruit Sticks, cookies from Michel & Augustin, Run for Løv organic herbal teas, and madeleines from St. Michel at their various tent locations.
  • Learn more about France, French cultural events, and French classes at the Atout and French Institute Alliance Française tent.

Also, don't miss our great France Run deals—on everything from champagne to pastries to French language classes—available online and at locations throughout New York City.


Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall, as well as in age and gender groups as explained in this article. A list of all award winners will be posted in the results for each race.

Award winners who wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

Prize Money

NYRR Member Prize Money for Men and Women
(Determined by Gun Time)

NYRR Member Age-Group Money for Men and Women
(Determined by Net Time)
1st 40+$150
2nd 40+$100
3rd 40+$100
1st 50+ Age-graded$75
2nd 50+ Age-graded$50
3rd 50+ Age-graded$25

Time Bonuses (Determined by Gun Time)
Male winner who breaks the event record
(23:50, Diriba Degefa Yigezu, 2015)
Female winner who breaks the event record
(29:10, Angela Ortiz, 2015)
First three men under 23:45$100
First three women under 28:00$100

To be eligible for NYRR member prize money, participants must have an active NYRR membership for three months prior to race day.

Athletes who have been suspended for doping by a governing body are not eligible to participate in, and should not apply for entry in, NYRR races. Extenuating circumstances may be reviewed by the NYRR Race Director.

Follow The Weekender schedule to plan your race-day transportation.

If you bike to the race, please follow our bike parking guidelines.

All race information is subject to change.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 8:00am

Central Park


Download Course Map (PDF)

Interactive Course Map

Both Men and Women
Marathon Qualifier
Prize Money
Staggered Start




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