Join Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fred’s Team for Grete’s Great Gallop (named for legendary marathoner Grete Waitz, a close friend of New York City Marathon co-founder Fred Lebow) on October 2 in Central Park! Grete and Fred ran the 1992 New York City Marathon while he was fighting brain cancer. Today, Fred’s Team (named after Lebow) has raised more than $65 million to bring us all one step closer to a world without cancer.
Event hashtag: #GretesGreatGallop—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!
Through Fred's Team, you can run this race in support of any area of cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Here's how: 1) Register for the race through NYRR, and 2) Register for Fred's Team's Choose Your Own Event program.
Live unofficial results are available during the race at liveresults.nyrr.org. 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!
Members of the NYRR Pace Team will guide participants toward specific goal times over the 13.1 miles. There will be signs in the corals starting at 6:51 per mile, or 1:30 half-marathon pace. If you choose to run with a pace group, pacers—you’ll recognize their blue and white striped tanks—will carry signs that correspond with the marathon paces and finish times below:
|Finish Time||Pace per Mile|
The course is two-plus loops of Central Park. The start is on West Drive near 64th Street. You’ll complete two full counter-clockwise loops of the park, after which you’ll start a third loop and turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse just past the 13-mile mark. The finish line is on the Transverse at the easternmost entrance to the Naumburg Bandshell area. Major uphills are at approximately 1.5, 3.5, 4.5, 7, 9.5, and 10.5 miles.
|Category||July 7-20||July 21-|
|NYRR Specialty Member*||$25||$30||$35|
|NYRR Member Plus||$30||$35||$40|
|NYRR Miler/NYRR 5K Member||$30||$35||$40|
|NYRR 10K Member||$0||$0||$0|
|NYRR Friend (non-members)||$45||$50||$55|
Kids' races (ages 2–12) begin at 10:30 a.m., and all kids should line up for their race on the southern end of Center Road by 10:15 a.m. NYRR kids' races are free for all participants.
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.
Numbers (which include your timing tag), technical shirts for adults and kids, and PowerGels may be picked up at the NYRR Running Annex at 322 Columbus Avenue (between West 75th and West 76th streets) on the following dates.
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, numbers will be available at Race-Day Central in Central Park from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for the half-marathon and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for the kids' races. Bag check, located on the northern end of Center Road, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please be sure to allow yourself enough time to get from Race-Day Central to the start.
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.
A post-race festival will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Naumburg Bandshell and will include a live band and raffle. Enter to win one of these great prizes:
AKTIV Against Cancer Prize Bundle
NYRR Prize Bundle
Memorial Sloan Kettering's Fred's Team Prize Bundle
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.
|NYRR Member Prize Money for Men and Women|
|1st 50+ AG||$75|
|2nd 50+ AG||$50|
|3rd 50+ AG||$25|
|Open Time Bonuses:|
|Top 3 Men Under 1:08:45||$100|
|Male winner who breaks event record (1:02:56 Enos Matalane, 2005)||$100|
|Top 3 Women Under 1:16:30||$100|
|Female winner who breaks event record (1:12:33, Junko Asario, 1995)||$100|
|NYRR Team Prize Money for Men and Women|
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.
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