NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half


Based on this weekend's severe weather forecast, and in consultation with our NYC agency partners, we are cancelling this event.

Read on for more information.

Registered runners can choose between two options, which will be sent to them via email:

A) Receive 9+1 and Four out of Six credits
B) Receive complimentary entry to one of the following races, as space permits:

  • NYRR Gridiron 4M This race is now sold out.
  • NYRR Al Gordon 4M
  • NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K
  • Scotland Run (10K)

You will receive your credits OR your invitation code for your race choice on Tuesday, February 2.

Whichever option you choose, you may pick up your NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half hat and medal at the NYRR Running Annex from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. starting Monday, January 25. The Annex will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. The Annex is closed this weekend and next weekend.

Registered volunteers:
We won't need your volunteer services for this event, but you will receive your +1 credit. Thank you for signing up to volunteer, and please volunteer with us again soon.

We appreciate your understanding.

  This race honors the late NYRR president and New York City Marathon co-founder, Fred Lebow (1932-1994). The course is two-plus loops of Central Park, which can be a challenge in January! Join the mid-winter fun and camaraderie—and perhaps kick off your training for a spring marathon. You'll have lots of good-spirited company, and there'll be classical music (Fred's favorite) at the start as well as inspiring Fred quotes along the course!   

 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!

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

9+1 and Four out of Six

If this race becomes an unscored run, all registered entrants who are NYRR members will receive 9+1 credit, even if they do not participate in the run. Volunteers will be required to complete their assignment in order to receive their +1 credit. This event will also still count as part of members’ 4 out of 6 program for guaranteed entry to the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half.

Eligibility for entry to the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half will be guaranteed for NYRR members who have an active membership by the last qualifying event of the Five-Borough Series, the 2016 Staten Island Half (Oct. 9), and who run four of the following six events in 2016 (Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, United Airlines NYC Half, Airbnb Brooklyn Half, Queens 10K, Bronx 10-Mile, and Staten Island Half).


Course Info

The course is two-plus loops of Central Park. The start is on West Drive near 63rd 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. 

There are two full aid stations (with both water and Gatorade), each of which you’ll pass twice. Three additional stations provide water only. See the course map for locations. 

Entry Fees

CategoryOct. 1-14Oct. 15-Jan. 23Event Day
NYRR Members$35$40$45
Jr/Sr Members$15$20$25
Armed Services Veterans Members$15$20$25
Active Duty Military Members$15$20$25
Jr Non-Members$20$25$30

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers (which include your timing tag) and souvenirs may be picked up at the NYRR Running Annex at 322 Columbus Avenue (between West 75th and West 76th streets) on the following dates. Please note that the NYRR Running Annex is closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, January 20, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, January 21, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 

Please pick up early in the week to avoid crowds. On race day, pickup will be at Race-Day Central in Central Park, near the Naumburg Bandshell area below the 72nd Street Transverse, from 6:30 to 7:30 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're 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.

Bag check, located in front of the stage at the Naumburg Bandshell area, will be open from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you wish to check a bag, please allow extra time for bag check and security.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition


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 that wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

Celebrate Lebow’s Legacy at MCNY

Join us for Fred Lebow Week at the Museum of the City of New York. Enjoy a talk on NYC running with Mary Wittenberg Jan. 21, and watch Run for Your Life, a documentary on Lebow, with the film’s director Judd Ehrlich Jan. 23. NYRR members can attend both events for $10 with the registration code FLR.

All 2016 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half finishers will also receive one complimentary admission to the museum’s exhibit The New York City Marathon: The Great Race. Show your bib number, race confirm email, or finisher’s medal between race day and March 13 to receive the discount.

Use MTA Trip Planner to plan your trip.

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

All race information is subject to change.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 8:00am

Central Park


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Both Men and Women
Finisher Medals
Marathon Qualifier




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