Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K

This event has now sold out. 

Formerly known as Coogan's Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, we've changed the name of this race to truly celebrate the vibrant neighborhood in which it takes place.

Upper Manhattan's diverse and picturesque Washington Heights neighborhood provides the backdrop for this 5K. On a hilly course that circles Fort Tryon Park and the historic Cloisters, runners are serenaded by musical groups playing—you guessed it—salsa, blues, and Irish folk music, plus gospel, merengue, and jazz!

A race within the race honors Captain Frederick Ill, Jr., a local firefighter who lost his life on 9/11.

Races for youngsters ages 2 to 12 are held after the 5K—between 50 feet and 1/5 of a mile on Fort Washington Avenue. They’ll sprint to the finish banner, where every kid will receive a medal from New York City firefighters and police officers.

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All race information is subject to change.

Course Info

The distance is short, but the hills make this a challenging course.

Mile 1: Start at West 173rd Street—five blocks north of the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory—and head north (and uphill) on Fort Washington Avenue. Run under the George Washington Bridge at 178th Street and continue uphill, then downhill, then uphill again.

Mile 2: Enter Fort Tryon Park and run counter-clockwise loop of Margaret Corbin Road over rolling hills.

Mile 3: Exit the park just past the two-mile mark and retrace your steps back down Fort Washington Avenue to the finish near 170th Street. 

Entry Fees
Oct. 24 – Nov. 6Nov. 7 – Mar. 1
NYRR Members$26$31
Jr/Sr Members$18$23
Armed Services Veterans Members$18$23
Active Duty Military Members$18$23
Jr Non-Members$23$28
Kid's Race Info

This event was named the best race for kids in the Northeast by Competitor magazine! 

The entry fee is $6 in advance and $8 on race day, payable at number pickup/registration. Get all kids' races information here.

Kids’ race times are as follows:

10:15 a.m. – Ages 2–4 
10:30 a.m. – Ages 5–9 
10:45 a.m. – Ages 10–12 

Parents: To pick up your child's race number, please report at least 20 minutes prior to posted starting time. To ensure the safety of our participants, kids’ races are run in small groups, and actual start times may vary slightly depending on the number of children in each age bracket. Use the posted times as a guideline for when to report to the race start line for your child’s age bracket.


Age-group awards will be available on site at the information tent 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.

Every participant in the kids' races will receive a medal.

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