Thousands of Runners to Gain Entry in the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half Drawing

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United Airlines NYC Half Official Charity Partner Program launches today

More than 25,000 runners to participate in the one-of-a-kind race on March 15

New York, November 20, 2019 – New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization, announced that its entry drawing for the 15th running of the United Airlines NYC Half takes place today. In conjunction, NYRR will launch its United Airlines NYC Half Official Charity Partner Program, supporting hundreds of charities utilizing the race as a platform for fundraising efforts. The 2020 United Airlines NYC Half, taking place on March 15, is one of New York Road Runners’ marquee events hosting more than 25,000 runners taking a 13.1-mile park-to-park run from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

The one-of-a-kind running experience showcases New York City’s historic landmarks, popular parks, sweeping views from the Manhattan Bridge, and diverse neighborhoods starting at Prospect Park in Brooklyn then passing Grand Army Plaza, the United Nations, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square, before ending near the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park.

“This iconic race is emblematic of the energy and excitement of New York City. It is one of our most popular events that runners look forward to every year,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “Additionally, the race supports hundreds of charities and their meaningful work through the extraordinary efforts of our charity runners.”

This year’s drawing included 47,793 applicants and 15,325 runners* were added to the race field through the non-guaranteed entry drawing today. Runners can also enter the field by running in support of hundreds of worthy causes through the United Airlines NYC Half Official Charity Partner Program (list of Charity Partners).

The 2020 United Airlines NYC Half field will consist of both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entrants. Runners received guaranteed entry through a variety of methods, which are detailed here. Non-guaranteed entrants are being selected through today’s drawing. The application period for all entrants opened on October 17 and closed on November 13. In conjunction, the United Airlines NYC Half Official Charity Partner Program registration will open today.

Race details for the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half can be found at

*NOTE: This press release was updated with the accepted number of runners after the drawing was completed.

About New York Road Runners (NYRR)
NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners.  To learn more, visit

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