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NYRR Midnight Run


This event is part of our 9+1 program for 2018. Runners who finish the race, or volunteer, will receive credit in this calendar year toward the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.

Kick off the New Year at the Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate with music and dancing (starting at 10:00 p.m.) as 2018 comes to a close. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., the four-mile run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2019.

Live Results

Live unofficial results are available during the race at liveresults.nyrr.org and in the NYRR app. Features include leaderboards, map tracking, and an individual runner search that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and family to follow your progress, and because the system works great on mobile devices, you can get unofficial results right after the race!

Pre-Race Festival

Check back closer to race day for more details about pre-race activities.

Location and Entry

In compliance with NYPD security plans, the start area and Pre-Race Festival, located at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, will be open to registered runners and their guests only; these areas will not be open to the general public. To access these areas, runners and their guests must enter the park at West 72nd Street and Central Park West or East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue in order to go through security screening. Runners attempting to use other park entrances will experience delays in getting to the start and risk not starting the race on time.

Each runner will be permitted one guest and receive a wristband at number pickup to give to their guest. Guests must display a wristband and runners must display a bib for entry into the park at 72nd Street and into the Pre-Race Festival and start area.

The general public may still view fireworks from south of 72nd Street inside the park, and will be subject to security screening at any park entrance south of 72nd Street.


Runners should allow themselves plenty of time to go through security screening. Runners and their guests will be screened at either of the two park entrances, and again before entering the Pre-Race Festival and start area. Runners and guests should consider not bringing a bag to the event. Those who choose to check a bag should use only the clear plastic bags distributed at number pickup. Guests should not bring any bag larger than a purse or they risk not being allowed into the park.

Course Info

The course is the four-mile Central Park "inner loop." 

Mile 1: Start on the 72nd Street Transverse near Bethesda Terrace and head east. Turn left (north) at East Drive and run north, ascending Cat Hill.

Mile 2: Continue north and pass Engineers' Gate (East 90th Street). Turn left onto the 102nd Street Cross Drive.

Mile 3: Turn left onto West Drive and run south through a series of three rolling hills as you pass the Reservoir on your left.

Mile 4: Enjoy a downhill, then a flat section. Turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse and finish just west of Bethesda Terrace.

Entry Fees

*The NYRR Specialty Members category includes NYRR members in the following levels: Junior, Senior, Armed Service, Collegiate, and NYRR Youth Program Leads and Assistants.
CategoryMay 1–16May 17–
Dec. 31
NYRR Member$50$60
NYRR Specialty Member*$25$30
NYRR Member Plus$50$60
NYRR Miler/NYRR 5K Member$50$60
NYRR 10K Member$0$0
NYRR Friend (non-members)$60$70
NYRR Friend–Junior$30$35

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers and long-sleeved tech shirts may be picked up at the NYRR RUNCENTER at 320 West 57th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) on the following dates.

Please note: Number pickup will not be available at the event on race day. Runners must pick up their numbers from the NYRR RUNCENTER before 10:30 p.m. on race day.

  • Saturday, December 22, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 26, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 27, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 29, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 31, 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Show the QR code from your race confirmation email or your My NYRR account to pick up your race materials. Shirt sizes are subject to availability. Please note that shirts will not be available for pickup on site on race day.

If you're unable to pick up your race materials, a friend or family member can pick up for you; the person will need your QR code (printed or digitally). This policy is in effect for all NYRR races except the TCS New York City Marathon.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition | Race Procedures | Run Clean


Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall.


Monday, December 31, 2018 11:59pm

Central Park

4 Miles

Download Course Map (PDF)

Interactive Course Map

Both Men and Women
Marathon Qualifier



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Registration will close at 05:00pm on Monday, December 31.


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