Race FAQs

There are always rules of the road. At NYRR, we emphasize safety first, and then the rules of competition to keep the fairness of our organized events.

We have developed these procedures to ensure integrity and safety and a fair and impartial process.

Awards

New York’s running scene is one of the most competitive in the world. To recognize such talent, we post an Honor Roll of the top 10 finishers in each age group at all our scored races.

At weekly races from April through November, age-group awards are available on site at the awards table after the race. Runners can check the awards sheet at the table and collect their award. Awards not collected on site will be available at NYRR. For races from December through March, age-group awards are available for pickup at NYRR only; please contact awards@nyrr.org to arrange award pickup at NYRR. After 20 days, awards are recycled.

Awards are available in the following categories, unless otherwise indicated. Please note that in some races that include professional athlete fields, the number of awards to top finishers may be different:

No. of Awards for Races
Under 10K
No. of Awards for   Races
10K and Over
 
Men
Women
 
Men
Women
Overall
3
3
Overall
3
3
Age
 
 
 
 
 
14 and under
3
3
19 and under
3
3
15-19
3
3
 
 
 
20-24
3
3
20-24
3
3
25-29
3
3
25-29
3
3
30-34
3
3
30-34
3
3
35-39
3
3
35-39
3
3
40-44
3
3
40-44
3
3
45-49
3
3
45-54
3
3
50-54
3
3
50-54
3
3
55-59
3
3
55-59
3
3
60-64
3
3
60-64
3
3
65-69
3
3
65-69
3
3
70-74
3
3
70-74
3
3
75-79
3
3
75-79
3
3
80-84
3
3
80-84
3
3
85-89
3
2
85-89
3
2
90-99
1
0
90-99
2
0
Totals
50
48
 
48
45
Total Awards
 
98
 
 
93

 

Note: At fun runs, awards are given only to thetop three overall male and female finishers.

Team Awards

Awards are given annually to the top men’s and women’s teams. Visit New York Area Running Clubs for information about declaring a club affiliation and club scoring and awards.

Runner of the Year Awards

At NYRR’s annual Club Night celebration, we present awards to our Runners of the Year  (overall and for each age group), the top teams in our yearly team competition, and in other special categories. The Awards Committee is comprised of NYRR staff and Board of Directors members and team representatives from the local running community. To be eligible for these awards, a runner must be a member of NYRR for at least six months of the calendar year, including at the time of nomination, and must complete at least six fully scored NYRR races across a range of distances in the calendar year. (Track races are not included.) If you change age groups during the year, you’re considered part of the age group that you were in for the majority of the year.

For each age category, Runner of the Year candidates are ranked according to their best performances throughout the year. These rankings, through the top 20 in each age group, are reviewed by the Awards Committee, with special consideration made for head-to-head competition and performances at a range of distances. The Fred Lebow Runner of the Year Awards are given to the male and female runners who have exhibited the most consistently superior performances over a variety of races and distances.

My NYRR: Getting Started

My NYRR is a personalized hub that gives you easy access to the information and tools that are most vital to your running life. Here you can view and register for races, volunteer opportunities, and classes – all in a single, streamlined cart. NYRR members also enjoy the benefit of instantly viewing member status and 9 + 1 and 4/5 progress. 

To learn how to use My NYRR, click here

9+1 Program and 9+$1K Program

The 9+1 and 9+$1K programs allow NYRR members who meet eligibility requirements to earn guaranteed entry to the TCS New York City Marathon! Get more information here.

Baggage, Security, and Lost & Found

Enhanced Security Measures

As part of our ongoing focus on your safety, and in partnership with the NYPD and the Parks Department, we’ve implemented enhanced baggage and security measures. We ask for your full cooperation in order to avoid any interruption of the day’s events. Please consider not bringing a bag to check on race day. If you must bring a bag, please allow extra time for baggage check and security.

  • If you need to check a bag at the race, you will be given a clear drawstring bag and a numbered baggage label at number pickup (at NYRR and at the race venue on race day). You'll need to transfer all contents into this clear drawstring bag, with label affixed, to check any personal items in the designated baggage area. You may not put full backpacks or personal bags inside the clear bag.
  • You will check your bag by handing it to an NYRR staff member at a designated baggage zone, organized by bib range. Runners will not be permitted to enter the baggage area.
  • NYRR and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time, both within and outside the baggage area.
  • No hydration packs will be permitted in the start corrals or along the course. Small pouches/belts will be permitted.
  • Any bag left unattended in Central Park will be confiscated by NYPD and could cause an interruption to the day's events. NYRR and NYPD reserve the right to search a bag at any time.
  • Runners are subject to security screenings at our toilet locations.
  • There will be no trash cans in the race vicinity. We encourage you to hand your trash to our volunteers and staff members.

Thank you for your cooperation with our effort to provide a safe event.

The Lost and Found is located in the Volunteer tent on race day. If you’ve lost an item, please check there; if  you find a lost item, please bring it there. Unclaimed items are brought to NYRR (9 East 89th Street); please visit us, call 212.860.4455, or e-mail mynyrr@nyrr.org

Entry Fees

At NYRR, we're committed to offering a world-class race experience to every runner at all of our events, at an affordable price. We do everything in our power to keep costs low while still maintaining our world-class standards for overall and medical safety and quality. For 2012, most of our weekly race entry fees have not changed; however we have increased entry fees for a few of our races, including the NYC Half, the TCS New York City Marathon, the NYRR New York Mini 10K, the 5-Borough Series events, and the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan. A portion of the increases are due to new fees for city services associated with staging our best-in-class events on New York City streets. We pay these fees in order to obtain necessary services, such as police support and traffic control, without which our events could not take place in the world’s greatest city for running. A smaller portion of the increases are due to increases in operating costs, including staging, transportation, and insurance, which are unavoidable when producing events in our incredible “stadium,” New York City.

Event Alert System

NYRR has implemented a color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) for our races that will communicate the status of course conditions on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on the weather and other course conditions. On race day, the current EAS status will be communicated via color-coded flags at the start and finish areas and along the course at each medical station.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the EAS prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials, and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather or course conditions on race day.

Alert Level Event Conditions Recommended Actions
Extreme Event Cancelled/Extreme and Dangerous Participation stopped / Follow event official instruction
High Potentially Dangerous Slow down / Observe course changes / Follow event official instruction / Consider Stopping
Moderate Less than ideal Slow Down / Be prepared for worsening conditions
Low Good Enjoy the event / Be alert

 

Kids' Races

Read our kids' races guidelines here.

Number Pickup

For most NYRR events, you’ll need to pick up your race number, D-Tag, and race souvenirs before the race. Number pickup usually starts the Thursday prior to the race at NYRR (9 East 89th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues), but be sure to check the specific race listing to confirm details. Note that for the Brooklyn Half, NYC Half, the TCS New York City Marathon, and some other events, pickup is in other locations. Pickup hours at NYRR are usually as follows:

• Thursday, 1:00–7:00 p.m.

• Friday, 1:00–7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (for Sunday races)

Race-day pickup is generally available for an hour on race morning—at the race location in warm weather, or at NYRR if it’s cold. Race-day pickup is usually busy, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time if you choose this option.

Except for specific races such as the TCS New York City Marathon and NYC Half, no ID or confirmation is required for number pickup. Someone else can pick up your materials if that person knows your birth date or age (sometimes two or more entrants have the same name).

Prize Money

NYRR offers more than $1,000,000 in open and member prize money each year. To qualify for member prize money, you must be a member of NYRR for at least three months before the race (unless otherwise noted). Runners with multiple eligibility for open, NYRR member, masters, and/or 50+ age-graded categories will be awarded the highest prize money amount only, except in specified cases. Any athlete who has served a doping suspension of two months or longer is not eligible for prize money in NYRR races.

Details

Course Measurement and Certification

All NYRR scored races are held on USATF-certified courses. The process to certify a course under USATF guidelines is very rigorous and results in an extremely accurate race distance. USATF-certified courses are measured using Jones-Oerth devices while following the tangents on the road. More information regarding the certification process can be found here.

Mobile GPS systems record the wearer’s position every 1–20 seconds, then “connect the dots” to estimate distance. They do not take into account changes in elevation, and they are affected by such factors as cloud cover, tall buildings, and tunnels, all of which can alter measurement.

No runner in a given race will run precisely the same tangents that the course measurers have used, yet only that path covers the precise race distance. In a race with many thousands of entrants, the great likelihood is that, due to the surrounding runners (and other variations, such as running to aid stations), a participant will travel farther than the official race distance, which is measured on the shortest possible course.

We hope that this information helps to explain why many personal GPS course measurements do not perfectly match the official race distance.

Race Scoring & Results

Searchable race results are posted at our website after the conclusion of the race. Our online results include all finishers, award winners, team results, and race statistics such as finisher totals by age group and gender.

Your official (net) finish time is recorded by the ChronoTrack timing system from the time you cross the starting line to when you cross the finish line. This time determines the order of finish and award winners—except first place overall, which always goes to the first man and woman to cross the finish line. (Unless otherwise noted, timing mats will be removed 10 minutes after the start of the race, after which net times will not be recorded and times will be calculated from the start horn.)

Most NYRR races are fully scored and count toward the nine races that members need for the 9+1 Program. For your race to count toward the 9+1 Program, your time must appear in the finisher results. If you fail to finish the event or are disqualified, then credit cannot be applied for that event. Walks, training runs, and kids’ races usually are not scored. To verify a race's scoring status, hover over the race name on NYRR’s event calendar to see expanded details.

In the interest of safety, and to allow streets and park drives to re-open as scheduled, race courses will remain open to all participants who are able to maintain a 13:45-per-mile pace (based on the time when the last runner crosses the start line). Those participants who are not able to maintain this pace should be aware that fluid stations and other course amenities may not be available, and participants in races staged on city streets may be asked to move to the sidewalks. Participants will be able to cross the finish line, but they may not be timed and recorded as an official finisher. They can contact our Race Scoring team to request 9+1 TCS New York City Marathon qualifying credit for the race. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

Age-grading

Our results also include each finisher’s age-graded place, time, and performance percentage: Each runner’s time is adjusted to that of an open-division participant using a factor for age and gender. Older participants’ times are adjusted downward, creating a “level playing field.” You can view details of age-grading standards here. Age-graded percentage is the ratio of a world-class time for a runner’s age and gender divided by the runner’s actual time; 100% is approximately world-record level, 90% is world class, 80% is national class, and 70% is regional class. (Age-graded results are provided to allow participants to compare themselves to these standards and to other runners; they don’t affect race awards.)

Results Corrections

At NYRR, we strive for our results to be as accurate as possible. If you find that you are missing from the results or your information (name spelling, age, gender, team, finish time, etc.) is incorrect, then please use our Results Corrections form. Most issues are resolved on the first business day after the race, provided we don’t need to get back to you. We do need to research each issue brought to our attention, so sometimes, depending on how many events we have and the types of issues we see, it may take a bit longer. Corrections for the TCS New York City Marathon may take up to 30 days.

·         To officially verify and add times, we’ll review photos at MarathonFoto (if available) once they are posted, usually the Wednesday after the event. You can help us by finding yourself in the photos on MarathonFoto. Next, we cross-reference the photos with our finish line video in an attempt to recover your time.

·         If we need any further information from you, we will be in contact! After we make the corrections, they will appear online the next time the web results are updated (which happens frequently).

We accept results corrections for up to 90 days after an event. After that time, results are final and cannot be updated.

 

Race Timing

All NYRR scored races are timed using the ChronoTrack timing system. Your timing tag is a part of the bib number, which must be worn on your torso, pinned to your outer layer of clothing. Bibs must be fully visible at all times (not cut, folded, or obscured). Runners who run the race without their bib properly attached and displayed risk not having their finish time and split times recorded and not being listed in the results and/or not receiving 9+1 credit for finishing the race. 

Rules of Competition

NYRR races are organized and directed under USA Track & Field rules and regulations. Entrants must also comply with City of New York Parks & Recreation and NYRR rules. NYRR reserves the right to change the details of its races.

NYRR rules and regulations

• For participants’ safety and to satisfy insurance requirements, no skates, strollers (including running strollers), or animals are permitted in NYRR events.

• Participants in events in city parks must stay within course boundaries, as designated by traffic cones, barriers, and/or other markings, at all times. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and ineligibility for future NYRR events, including the TCS New York City Marathon.

• In accordance with City of New York Parks & Recreation rules, please use only the toilet facilities provided.

• Participant numbers must be fully visible at all times, preferably on the front of the torso.

• Use of headphones is strongly discouraged.

• Participants are advised not to invite anyone not officially registered for the event to join in any part of the race.

NYRR reserves the right to reject any entry and to disqualify and bar any individual from any NYRR event. This rejection/disqualification may be based on, but is not limited to: violation of the aforementioned rules; unsportsmanlike conduct; non-payment of race fees; competing with an unofficial number; competing with an official number or B-tag/D-tag assigned to another person; transferring or attempting to transfer an official number or B-tag/D-tag to, or to obtain such number or B-tag/D-tag from, another person; being paced during the race by a person not entered in the race; accepting assistance from non-race participants; crossing the finish line without having completed the entire course; and providing false information on the race entry form. Individuals disqualified from a race will be removed from the race results and may be barred from future NYRR events. NYRR reserves the right to change the details of the race.

For questions about these rules and regulations, please write to mynyrr@nyrr.org.

Seeded Corrals

NYRR races commonly have more than 5,000 participants, and to ease congestion at the start, runners are assigned to seeded corrals. Each corral contains 500 to 750 runners, who are assigned to a corral according to their per-mile pace, with faster runners in front. Each corral is color-coded corresponding to the color on the runners’ number bibs.

NYRR assigns entrants to corrals before each race. Members with NYRR race histories will be assigned based on their per-mile pace in a recent NYRR race of three miles or longer. Entrants without NYRR race histories will be assigned based on the estimated pace per mile that they provide on the race application. Runners signing up during number pickup must bring proof of their pace per mile or they will be assigned to the last corral. A recent copy of a runner’s NYRR race history, a race certificate, or a results page showing time and pace will be accepted.

Once a corral is assigned, it cannot be changed. Runners wishing to run together must go to the corral of the slower runner. Runners arriving late (less than 10 minutes before start time) to their corral must go to the last corral.

Important note: Seeded corrals help ensure that official entrants in NYRR races stay within the designated running lanes throughout the race, according to City of New York Parks & Recreation rules and NYRR rules. The official course will be fully delineated, and runners will be required to run inside the delineated lane. All runners must wear a race number, and that race number must be visible. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Terms and Conditions

Once you have entered a race, your entry fees are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable, under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of your participation, or change in the date, nature, or format of the event. An event may be cancelled or changed due to severe weather or other factors that threaten the safety of participants, staff, or volunteers. If a race is cancelled or designated an unscored run, registered NYRR members will still receive 9+1 credit, even if they do not participate in the run. Cancellation or change of the date, nature, or format of an event may be mandated by governmental officials or otherwise be at the discretion of NYRR.

All NYRR races are capped.  Price and entry is subject to availability.

No credit cards accepted for race registration after number pickup begins. Cash or check only. 

Members: If you are registering on event day, you must provide your NYRR member number to receive your member discount; otherwise you will be charged the non-member event fee.

 

How does NYRR assign corrals?

NYRR assigns entrants to corrals before each race. Members with NYRR race histories will be assigned based on their per-mile pace in a recent NYRR race of three miles or longer. Entrants without NYRR race histories will be assigned based on the estimated pace per mile that they provide on the race application. Runners signing up during number pickup must bring proof of their pace per mile or they will be assigned to the last corral. A recent copy of a runner’s NYRR race history, a race certificate, or a results page showing time and pace will be accepted.

Can I change my start corral?

Once a corral is assigned, it cannot be changed. Runners wishing to run together must go to the corral of the slower runner. Runners arriving late (less than 10 minutes before start time) to their corral must go to the last corral.

What is a corral?

NYRR races commonly have more than 5,000 participants, and to ease congestion at the start, runners are assigned to seeded corrals. Each corral contains 500 to 750 runners, who are assigned to a corral according to their per-mile pace, with faster runners in front. Each corral is color-coded corresponding to the color on the runners’ number bibs.

How do I become a part of the 9+1 program?

9+1 for 2015

  • Join NYRR by December 31, 2014 (must have an active NYRR membership by year-end)
  • Complete nine scored, qualifying races during 2014
  • Volunteer at one qualifying NYRR event during 2014 or donate $1,000 to NYRR’s Youth and Community Services programs
  • Apply for guaranteed entry to the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon (information available in late 2014)

How do I enter the 4/5 program?

Completing four of five specified races qualifies you for guaranteed entry to the 2015 NYC half, and it also earns you a special patch and recognition for four-out-of-five and five-out-of-five finishers.

When do I receive my bib number?

Your bib number for weekly races is given to you at the time of bib pickup. Bib pickup details appear on each individual race page.

Is there always a baggage option?

All of our weekly races have an option to check a bag. Please refer to each specific race page for more details.

Why am I not receiving a race confirmation email?

Unfortunately, sometimes our confirmation emails end up in spam or junk mail, so be sure to check there first. You can also see your registered races and the charge on your credit-card statement in your My NYRR account under “Registered Races.”

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