United Airlines NYC Half Official Charity Partner Program

New York Road Runners offers blocks of non-complimentary, guaranteed entries to qualified and selected nonprofits through the Official Charity Partner Program of the United Airlines NYC Half. The application to become an Official Charity Partner of the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half is now closed. All applicants will be notified of their status in mid-September.

Charity Fee

Official Charity Partners pay a charity fee of $250 for each guaranteed entry that they are allotted. Please note that this fee does not cover the runners' race registration fee, which will be due when the runner registers for the race. Charities may choose to pay the race registration fees for their runners.


Selected charities will offer guaranteed entry to runners who agree to raise at least $1,000 for the charity. Each charity can set its own fundraising requirement as long as it is higher than the program minimum of $1,000 per runner as set by NYRR and specified in the charity partner contract. It is the Official Charity Partner’s responsibility to hold its runners to the required minimum. 


Accepted charities will be allocated a minimum of 5 entries based on partnership history and the data collected in the application. No charity will be allocated more entries than requested on the application. We recommend that charities be conservative in the number of entries requested as there will be no refunds for entries not filled. New charities will only be offered 5 entries.

Application Timeline

The 2020 United Airlines Official Charity Partner Program application is now closed. All applicants will be notified of their status in mid-September.

NYRR strives to partner with organizations who primarily service New York City communities and are aligned with the NYRR mission to help and inspire people through running, while also maintaining diversity in the Official Charity Partner Program so that all runners can run for a cause they are passionate about. When selecting Official Charity Partners, we look for organizations with the capacity to reach a large enough audience to fill their allotted entries and provide customer service and fundraising support to runners that sign up. We also consider partnership history for those charities who have participated in the past, as well as the charity's experience with other peer-to-peer fundraising events. All applications are evaluated in their entirety, and in consideration of the demand for entries and the capacity of the program. As NYRR receives far more applications than the Official Charity Partner Program can accommodate, not all charities that apply will be selected.

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