NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K


The adult and kids' races are both sold out. 

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!

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.

Net proceeds from the 2016 NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K will directly benefit The Armory Foundation.

Event hashtag: #WashHeights5K—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!

Pre-Race Kids' Breakfast at the Armory

Join us for a pre-run breakfast at the Track & Field Hall of Fame at the Armory on March 6 at 8:45 a.m. with the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for all children running our kids’ races at this event and their family members. Book your spot now to enjoy free breakfast and stretches to get your little ones ready for the day.

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

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-Mar. 5Event 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
Jr Non-Members$23$28$33

Kids' Races

These races for kids are sold out. Maybe that's because 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. Check out additional kids' races information.

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 

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 29, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 3, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 5, 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 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, and will be open from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. If you wish to check a bag, please allow extra time for baggage check and security.

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.

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.

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, March 6, 2016 9:00am



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