Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture at this four-mile race in Central Park, now in its 11th year. The race and accompanying kids' races are part of Japan Day @ Central Park, which starts immediately after the Japan Run and features a variety of Japanese food, activities, and stage performances over the course of the day.
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Live unofficial results are available during the race in the NYRR Mobile App. 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 get unofficial results right after the race!
The course is the four-mile Central Park "inner loop."
Mile 1: Start on East Drive near East 68th Street and run north, ascending Cat Hill.
Mile 2: Continue north and and pass Engineers' Gate (East 90th Street). Turn left onto the 102nd Street Transverse.
Mile 3: Turn left on West Drive and run south through a series of three rolling hills as you pass the Reservoir on your left.
Mile 4: Enjoy a downhill, then a flat section. Turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse and finish just west of Bethesda Terrace.
|Category||Feb. 8–21||Feb. 22– |
|NYRR Specialty Members*||$10||$15|
|NYRR Member Plus||$18||$23|
|NYRR Miler/NYRR 5K Member||$18||$23|
|NYRR 10K Member||$0||$0|
|NYRR Friend (non-members)||$33||$37|
Kids' Races (ages 2–12) begin at 9:30 a.m., and all kids should line up for their race on the 72nd Street Transverse by 9:25 a.m. Entry is 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) and shirts for adults and kids may be picked up at the NYRR RUNCENTER at 320 West 57th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) on:
Show the QR code from your race confirmation email or your My NYRR account to pick up your race materials. 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. Shirt sizes are subject to availability; please note that shirts may not be available at race-day pickup.
On race day, pickup will be at the Race-Day Central in Central Park from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. for the adults' race and from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. for the kids' races. Check back closer to race day for the location of Race-Day Central. If you pick up on race day, please be sure to allow yourself enough time to get from Race-Day Central to the start.
Bag check, located at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, will be open from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. If you wish to check a bag, please allow additional time for bag check and security.
Celebrate Mother's Day in Japanese style at the Japan Day Festival, in the vicinity of the Naumberg Bandshell and Center Road immediately following the four-mile race. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through food, activities, and stage performances. For more information, visit japandaynyc.org. A prize drawing for runners will take place in the Bandshell at 9:15 a.m.; you must be present to win.
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.
Follow The MTA's 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.