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FAQ for the 2014 NYC Half

The 2014 NYC Half will take place on Sunday, March 16, with a course from Central Park to Lower Manhattan, including a trip straight through Times Square! As we get closer to the event, you'll find a lot of the answers to your questions on our Race-Day Essentials page. However, here are answers to common questions we're asked about the Expo, race day, volunteer opportunities, and more. 

Do I have to pick up my race number in person, or will I be able to send someone else to get it?

You’ll be required to pick up your own race number and runner materials at the Expo, and you’ll need a photo ID and your Registration Form to do so. There will be absolutely no race-day pickup. 

Can I cancel or defer my entry?

No, there is a no-cancellation or deferment policy for the 2014 NYC Half. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

When will I know my bib number?

Registration forms are now available in your My NYRR account and your bib number will be on your card. Use these instructions to get your form.

Why did my bib and/or corral assignment change for the NYC Half?

With this new update, the corral numbering conventions have changed; however: each runner’s placement in a corral is the same or similar to the previously issued registration form, and this shouldn’t impact your projected finish time.

My friend and I have the same predicted finish time but are in different waves, how is this possible?

Due to the size of the NYC Half field, there are many runners with the same predicted finish time, and we cannot accommodate all of those runners in the same wave/corral. You can still run with your friend, but you must run in the later wave and higher-numbered corral.

I was originally in an earlier corral and am now in a later corral; can I switch back to the earlier corral?

With this new update, the corral numbering conventions have changed; however: each runner’s placement in a corral is the same or similar to the previously issued registration form, and this shouldn’t impact your projected finish time. Corral assignments are made with safety and runner experience in mind for all participants. We cannot make further changes to corral assignments.

Why has my registration form changed?

We updated our system, and as a result you may see a few changes to your wave/corral assignment in your registration form. Your assignment is based on your predicted finish time, and to help ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Is there a Lost and Found on race day?

A Lost and Found will be located in the Volunteer tent at Rumsey Playfield near the start, and at the Hospital for Special Surgery Runner Recovery Zone in the post-finish area. If you lose an item, please check for it in these locations; if you find a lost item, please hand it in at one of these locations. Unclaimed items are brought to NYRR (9 East 89th Street); please visit, call 212.860.4455, or email [email protected].

Are there pace teams in the race?

Yes! Please click here for more on the NYRR Pace Team program.

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.

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.

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.

Why can't I see or download my registration form in My NYRR?

If you registered for the race within the past week, your downloadable form will be available in your My NYRR account by Thursday, March 6. If you cannot see your form by that date, please email us at [email protected]

I didn’t get in; can I volunteer?

Yes, and thanks for your interest! Log in to My NYRR to check out available volunteer positions and to sign up.

I wasn't accepted in the drawing. Is there another way to get into the race?

Yes. You can run with a charity or get guaranteed entry through one of our travel partners. Find out more about these guaranteed entry options here.  

Where and when is the Expo?

The expo will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue) during the following hours:

·         Thursday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

·         Friday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

·         Saturday, March 15, 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.


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. The expo will close promptly at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday; no race numbers will be available after those hours. Absolutely no race numbers will be available on race morning.

The expo is free and open to the public, and it features NYRR 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. Please note that no pets are allowed into the expo, with the exception of service animals.

Use MTA Trip Planner to plan your trip.

What time does the race start?

Please note: All runners must enter Central Park via Central Park South (59th Street) through either the Sixth Avenue entrance or the Grand Army Plaza entrance. Start map here.


Start Group Race Start
Pro Wheelchair 7:10 a.m.
Handcycle 7:20 a.m.
Wave 1 7:30 a.m.
Wave 2 7:45 a.m.
Wave 3 8:10 a.m.


What is the course time limit?

Course cutoff time will be three hours from the start of the last runner, based on a 13:45-minute mile. Sweep buses will start closing the course on this timeline at Mile 6 (59th Street /Seventh Avenue).

How do I get to the start?

Please note: All runners must enter Central Park via Central Park South (59th Street) through either the Sixth Avenue entrance (Wave 2 runners only) or the Grand Army Plaza entrance (Wave 1 and 3 runners). Only event participants (no friends or family) will have access to the start and baggage areas. See our start map for more info.

Runners are responsible for getting themselves to the start. Runners are assigned to corrals according to their per-mile pace with faster runners in the front and slower runners in the rear. Each corral has a color code that corresponds to the color on the runner’s race number.

You can use MTA Trip Planner at to plan your trip. The race begins at 72nd Street on the east side in Central Park.

Can I change my corral or run with my friend in a different corral?

You can start in a higher number (slower pace) corral; we cannot change your corral to a lower numbered corral. Your corral assignment was based on your predicted finish time and is designed to help you have a safe race experience. 

Where are baggage check and baggage claim located?

Baggage Check

Baggage check is on the north side of 59th Street, between Fifth and Seventh Avenues. All Half-Marathon participants will receive a clear plastic bag at the Expo/Runner Packet Pick-up with a sticker to put on the front of their clear plastic bag. Participants must check bags no later than the posted baggage closing time corresponding to their wave start. RUNNERS MAY ONLY CHECK IN THE CLEAR PLASTIC BAG RECEIVED AT THE EXPO. ALL OTHER LUGGAGE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Runners will not be permitted to enter Central Park with their baggage.

Wave 1
Wave 2
Wave 3
Baggage Open ** ** 5:45 a.m. 5:45 a.m. 6:30 a.m.
Baggage Closes ** ** 7:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m.
Corrals Open 6:50 a.m. 6:50 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m.
Corrals Close 7:00 a.m. 7:10 a.m. 7:10 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
Start 7:10 a.m 7:20 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 8:10 a.m.

**Pro wheelchair and handcycle athletes will have special transportation for their baggage, to be communicated separately.

Baggage Claim

Runners may claim their bags in the Post-Finish Area on Water Street between Old Slip and Broad Street. All finisher baggage must be claimed before Noon on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Unclaimed baggage will be transferred to the New York Road Runners office, located at 9 East 89th Street, and made available beginning 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014. Baggage not claimed by March 24th will be donated to charity.

Can a family member or friend come with me to the start and take my bag when I’m ready to line up?

No. The staging area is for race entrants and official guides for athletes with disabilities only; spectators and friends/family are not permitted in the staging area.

What should I wear to the start?

Warm, water-resistant clothing is recommended for the staging area, which is outdoors. We also advise wearing many layers to keep warm. Any discarded clothing will be donated to charity.

Is there food available at the start?

There is no food provided by NYRR available to runners in the start area. You are permitted to bring your own food to eat before the start.

Are there medical tents available at the start?

There are ambulances located around the start area (72nd Street transverse). On the course, the first medical tent is at West 100th Street.

Am I allowed to run with headphones?

NYRR strongly discourages the use of headphones for the safety of all race participants.

How many people are running in this year’s NYC Half?

The field size for this year’s race is around 20,000!

Am I allowed to run with a backpack or hydration pack?

No backpacks or hydration packs (Camelbaks) will be permitted in the start corrals or along the course. Small pouches/belts will be permitted.

What if I have to drop out?

If you need to drop out for any reason, look for a volunteer or report to the nearest medical aid station. Your information will be forwarded to the finisher area. If you have not completed the whole course, don’t go through the finish chutes.

What is available on the race course?

There are ten (10) fluid stations throughout the course, as well as a nutrition zone where runners will be provided with Powerbar gel packs. Runners will have fluids available for them in the pre-start and finish areas. Fluid stations will provide both water and Gatorade Endurance Formula. Note that there are toilets for runners at every fluid station.

How can my family and friends track me?

Your friends and family can use the runner-tracking tool in the 2014 NYC Half mobile app to track up to 10 runners at a time. When you open the app you will see the tool under "Tracker & Results." The app is available to download now.

What will happen after I finish the race?

The 2014 NYC Half will finish on Water Street at Wall Street (southbound). All finishers will receive a medal, a HeatSheetTM, and refreshments. Runners will then move to the Hospital for Special Surgery Runner Recovery Zone, an indoor area where they can stretch out with Hospital for Special Surgery experts. This area will be for runners and volunteers only.

Where can I meet my family after I finish?

There is NO formal family reunion area in 2014.

Family and friends of runners are encouraged to designate a meeting point in the Lower Manhattan area to have their runner meet them after the race. Some examples: Battery Park; Bowling Green Park; local bars or restaurants; a hotel; or a mass transit location.

Where can I watch the race?

For a lively race-day experience, watch the race at the cheer and entertainment zones, marked on the course map under the Spectator Guide in the mobile app.

If you're not at the event you can still enjoy the race in the following ways:

In the NYC metro area
On TV:

The race will be broadcast live in the NYC Metro area on WABC-TV on Sunday, March 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT.
From your computer, table or smartphone: Live streaming will be available everywhere on from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m. EDT and on WATCHABC app from 7:00 to 9:00 am EDT [available through participating cable providers].

Outside the NYC Metro Area
From your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Watch ESPN3 on or download the WatchESPN app on your mobile devices and catch all of the action from 7:00am – 10:30am EDT.

All coverage will be available at later in the evening on race day.

On the Run at the NYC Half (ontherun.­nyrr.­org)
Check out On the Run, NYRR’s online running lifestyle show, for behind-the-scenes access to the NYC Half, including pro athlete profiles, inspiring stories, and more.

Programs will air throughout the day during race week, and on race weekend.

How can I get into next year’s NYC Half?

Completing at least four of the following six events in 2014 will earn you guaranteed entry to the 2015 NYC Half: the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, NYC Half, Brooklyn Half, Staten Island Half, and races in Queens 10K and the Bronx (distance TBD).

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