United Airlines NYC Half


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The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half will take runners from around the city and the globe on a 13.1-mile tour of NYC. Led by a talent-packed roster of American and international elites, runners will stop traffic in Manhattan, from Central Park through Times Square to South Street Seaport!

The United Airlines NYC Half is a part of NYRR's Five-Borough Series: Run New York. Five Boroughs. One City. 

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

Course Info

The Start
The United Airlines NYC Half will have three wave starts for runners, preceded by starts for pro wheelchair and handcycle athletes. Information on the wave start timeline is coming soon.

Mile 1
Start on East Drive in Central Park, just north of East 72nd Street, and head north.

Miles 2-3
Continue north, and bear right at the Lenox Avenue exit from Central Park. Turn left at 110th Street/Central Park North. Run counter-clockwise around Central Park West Circle and return on 110th Street/Central Park North, then turn right at the Lenox Avenue entrance to Central Park. Bear right at East Drive and continue south on West Drive.

Miles 4-6
Continue South on West Drive. Turn right at the Seventh Avenue exit from Central Park. Continue south on Seventh Avenue through Times Square.

Miles 7-8
Turn right at West 42nd Street, then right at the West Side Highway. Run north in the northbound lanes, make a U-turn at West 43rd Street, and run south in the southbound lanes.

Miles 8−12
Continue south in the southbound lanes of the West Side Highway.

Miles 12-13.1
Bear left at the Battery Park Underpass entrance. Run through the underpass and continue on FDR Drive North. Bear right at the South Street exit and then turn right at South Street. Turn left at Maiden Lane, and left at Water Street to finish at Wall Street.

This event has a three-hour time limit. Participants who are not able to maintain a 13:45-per-mile pace will have the opportunity to board a sweep bus for transport to the post-finish area. These participants may choose to continue running on the sidewalks, but they should be aware that fluid stations and other course amenities may not be available.

Check out the elevation map for this event.

Entry Fees

Member TypeCost
Jr/Sr Members$117*
Armed Services Veterans Members$117*
Non Members$128*
*Applicants will be charged a $5 processing fee. Credit cards will be charged the full entry fee upon acceptance to the event.

Number Pickup & Registration

2016 United Airlines NYC Half Expo

The expo has a new location this year: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011. Hours are: 

  • Thursday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last bib pickup 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last bib pickup 7:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The expo is free and open to the public, and it features United Airlines NYC Half merchandise and many vendors and exhibitors of the best in running souvenirs, product samples, race applications, health and medical advice, running-related activities, and more. 

All runners must visit the expo to pick up their race number (which includes the B-tag timing device), technical shirt, and baggage bag. Runners will not be able to pick up their materials without showing photo ID, and only the runner may pick up his or her race number. Absolutely no race numbers will be available on race morning.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition


The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half finisher certificate will be available free of charge in both digital and print versions. Be on the lookout for a post-race communication from MarathonFoto with information about the finisher certificate.

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

Open Division, Men and Women

NYRR Member Division, Men and Women
Cumulative with Open Division; members must meet certain eligibility requirements.
1st $1,500
3rd $750
Note: To be eligible for any NYRR member awards, an athlete must be a member in good standing of NYRR since December 20, 2015.

The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half offers $100,000 in prize money. The men’s and women’s champions will each receive $20,000.

Women must start as part of the women-only invitational start at 7:18 a.m. to be eligible for prize money in the open category. NYRR-member prize money will be determined by order of finish based on gun time.

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 20, 2016 7:30am



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Title Partner | Official Airline
Premier Partner of NYRR
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Official Hospital
Official Media Partner
Official Isotonic Beverage
Official Apple
Official Bottled Water
Official Energy Bar/Energy Gel
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