NYRR Gridiron 4M / Longest Football Throw


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You’re not just an armchair quarterback. On February 7, 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. Bring your kids to enjoy the football fun, too! They can toss the ball to show up the adults. Then you can 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. 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 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: #NYRRGridiron—use it in your public tweets and Instagrams to be automatically entered into the new NYRR Social Hashtag Challenge to win prizes!

Course Info

Start on East Drive, just south of the 102nd Street transverse, and head north.

Turn left onto the 102nd transverse.

Turn left onto West Drive, and head south.

Turn left onto the 72nd transverse, and then turn left onto East Drive to the finish.

Entry Fees

Accepted forms of payment include: credit card, check, and money order. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept cash payments.
CategoryOct. 1-14Oct. 15- Feb. 6Event Day
NYRR Members$18$23$25
Jr/Sr Members$10$15$20
Armed Services Veterans Members$10$15$20
Active Duty Military Members$10$15$20
Jr Non-Members$15$20$25

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers (which include your timing tag) and shirts may be picked up at the NYRR Running Annex at 322 Columbus Avenue (between West 75th and West 76th streets) on:

  • Monday, February 1, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 2, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, February 3, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 4, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, February 5, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Shirt size is subject to availability. Please pick up early in the week to avoid crowds. On race day, pickup will be at Race-Day Central, located behind Baseball Field 8 in Central Park, 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.

Bag check, located just south of the 102nd Street transverse within Race-Day Central, will be open from 7:30 to 10:30 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.

Prize Money

NYRR Member Prize for Men and Women
2nd $400
3rd $300
1st 40+$150
2nd 40+$100
3rd 40+ $50
1st 50+ AG$75
2nd 50+ AG$50
3rd 50+ AG$25

Time Bonuses
Top three men under 19:30$100
Male winner who breaks event record (19:12, Chris Pannone, 2009)$100
Top three women under 22:15$100
Female winner who breaks event record (21:23, Yuliya Gromova, 2009)$100

NYRR Team Prize Money for Men and Women
2nd $400
3rd $300
4th $200

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, February 7, 2016 9:00am

Central Park

4 Miles

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Both Men and Women
Marathon Qualifier
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