2019 United Airlines NYC Half

  • Date

    March 17, 2019
    7:30 AM
  • Location

    New York City
  • Distance

    13.1 Miles
  • Hashtag

  • 4 out of 6
  • 9+1
  • Both Men and Women
  • Charity Spots
  • Finisher Medals
  • Prize Money
  • Scored
  • Staggered Start
  • Team for Kids
  • Wave Starts


Follow All the Action on Our Live Blog

Runners and spectators can follow all the action, from before the race begins to the final finisher, with minute-by-minute updates on our live blog. You can also find out up-to-date information on medal engraving, live broadcast coverage, photos from the course, finisher information, and much more. 

Medal Engraving for Members

NYRR Members and myNB Rewards Gold Members: Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub after the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half for complimentary finisher medal engraving!*

Sunday, March 17: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 18:
12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19:
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

*Please note that we are only able to offer engraving for participants in the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half.

Please have your NYRR Member Number (available on your NYRR member card or in your NYRR account) or download the NB App and show your Gold status at time of engraving. Can’t make it? Send a proxy to have your medal engraved; they’ll just need your NYRR member number.

Finishers who are not NYRR members can purchase an NYRR membership through their NYRR account, and will be able to have their medal engraved after becoming an NYRR member. Visit our Membership page for more details on NYRR membership levels and prices.

Alternatively, runners can learn how to become a myNB Rewards Gold Member to receive free medal engraving.

Please note: All engraving will be done on-site; no drop-offs.

Race Photos

Photos will be captured and provided by the Official Photographer of the United Airlines NYC Half, MarathonFoto. Smile for the photographers in bright yellow vests along the course and view photos from your big finish at marathonfoto.com!

Download the App

Runners and their families and friends can take the United Airlines NYC Half with them everywhere with the United Airlines NYC Half App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services. Available free of charge, the app features runner-tracking capabilities including on-map tracking, runner detail page, pro-athlete bios, and essential race day information.

Start Timeline

The staging area—greatly expanded from 2018—is at the Nethermead in Prospect Park, and will have three entry points: Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Road, Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest, and 16th Street on Prospect Park Southwest.

New this year, the United Airlines NYC Half will have five wave starts and three bag-check areas—two of which are on Wellhouse Drive for Waves 1-3 and the final location is in the Smorgasburg parking lot for Waves 4-5. Review the start video below to plan your morning.

Three Ways to Watch 

Channel 7 Eyewitness News, starting at 6:00 a.m. ET, will offer coverage of the race, including features and interviews with inspiring runners, and live professional athlete race look-ins. This will be made available on WABC-TV, Channel 7 and the ABC app in the New York area and at abc7ny.com.

Pro Race Livestream, live at 7:10 a.m. ET, will cover the men’s and women’s professional athlete races on multiple ABC7 and NYRR social and digital media channels, including abc7ny.com, @abc7NY on Twitter, and /abc7NY on Facebook; and nyrr.org, @nyrr on Twitter and /NewYorkRoadRunners on Facebook.

ABC7 Race Highlights Show, airing from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET, will offer condensed coverage of the men’s and women’s professional athlete races, along with features and interviews with inspiring runners. This show will be made available on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York area and abc7ny.com.

The 2019 United Airlines NYC Half Course

This year, runners will begin their journey on Prospect Park’s Center Drive before taking the race onto Brooklyn’s streets. (See start map.)

For the second year in a row, the course will take runners over the Manhattan Bridge and up the FDR Drive before a crosstown dash on 42nd Street and a turn north on 7th Avenue, through Times Square, and into Central Park. (See course map.

This year’s less hilly Central Park route finishes just north of Tavern on the Green and will feature a shorter post-race walk-off for runners to exit the park and start their celebrations. (See finish map.)

Check out our full course description below.

Your Guide to Visiting NYC

If you're coming to New York City for the United Airlines NYC Half, then make sure to check out the NYCgo United Airlines NYC Half Visitor Guide for official info to help you plan your trip! It's a great resource for everything you need to know regarding where to stay, eat, drink, and play while you're in town.

Hospital For Special Surgery Runner Recovery Zone

Join HSS post-race at the Runner Recovery Zone. Runners will be led through guided stretching and foam rolling by HSS’s expert primary care sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and performance coaches while also receiving tips on how to best recover from the race. 

Run with a Charity

Didn't get in through the drawing? You can still earn guaranteed entry by running with one of our 150 Official Charity Partners.

Guaranteed Entry and 4 Out of 6 Program

Eligibility for entry to the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half will be guaranteed for NYRR members who have an active membership by the last qualifying event of the 2019 4 Out of 6 Program, and who run four of the following six events in 2019:

  • United Airlines NYC Half
  • Popular® Brooklyn Half
  • NYRR Queens 10K
  • NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile (Replacing the NYRR Fred Lebow Half-Marathon as a qualifying race)
  • New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
  • NYRR Staten Island Half

Be sure to check your guaranteed entry status in your dashboard.

*If you need to cancel your participation in the United Airlines NYC Half, please review the cancellation policy here.

Learn more about additional guaranteed entry methods, as well as information about the drawing for non-guaranteed entry.

Race Number Pickup

Runners must pick up their race number, technical shirt, and bag-check bag at the United Airlines NYC Half Experience Presented by New Balance, which will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan, on the following dates:

Thursday, March 14: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 15: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Bibs will be assigned on-demand. This means that you will not be assigned a race number until you pick up your bib at the Experience.

If you are unable to pick up your bib during the regular pickup hours you can have a friend or family member pick up your bib and race-day materials for you. Please make sure they have a copy of your email confirmation form (you can download this through your NYRR account approximately 1-2 weeks out from the race) and a copy of your photo ID.


Detailed Race Map
PDF - 0.33 MB

Detailed Route Info

Mile 1: Start by heading east on Center Drive in Prospect Park. Turn left onto East Drive and run up the hill.

Mile 2: Turn right and head out of Prospect Park and south on Flatbush Avenue. Make a U-turn and head back up Flatbush Avenue toward Grand Army Plaza.

Miles 3–4: Run around Grand Army Plaza and continue north on Flatbush Avenue toward the Manhattan Bridge.

Miles 5–6: Cross over the Manhattan Bridge and turn right onto Canal Street.

Mile 7: Turn right turn onto Allen Street, heading south. Turn left onto South Street, then veer right onto the FDR Drive entrance ramp by Pier 36.

Miles 8–9: Run north on the FDR Drive through to the East 42nd Street exit ramp on the right.

Mile 10: With the United Nations on your right, exit the FDR Drive onto East 42nd Street.

Mile 11: Run west on 42nd Street past Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. Turn right onto 7th Avenue.

Mile 12: Continue north on 7th Avenue, passing the Rising New York Road Runners at the United Airlines NYC Half youth run on your right. Turn right onto Central Park South/West 59th Street.

Mile 13–Finish: At Grand Army Plaza (Manhattan) turn left into Central Park. Proceed into the park on East Drive and run north. Turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse and then make your final left turn onto West Drive to finish just north of Tavern on the Green.

Follow The MTA's Weekender schedule to avoid disruptions and delays.

If you bike to the race, please follow our bike parking guidelines.

All race information is subject to change.

NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze

Members of the NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze will guide participants toward specific goal times over the 13.1 miles. There will be signs in the corrals starting at 6:51 per mile. If you choose to run with a pace group, pacers—you’ll recognize them by the NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze logo and the green and blue chevron design—will carry signs that correspond with their finish times and paces.

Finish Time Pace per Mile Wave Corral
1:20 6:06 1 AA, A
1:25 6:29 1 A
1:30 6:51 1 B
1:35 7:15 1 C
1:40 7:37 1 D, E
1:45 8:00 1 F
1:50 8:23 1
1:50 8:23 1 H
1:50 8:23 2 A
1:55 8:46 2 B, C
2:00 9:09 2 D
2:00 9:09 3 A, B
2:05 9:33 3 C
2:10 9:54 4 A
2:15 10:17 4 B, C
2:20 10:41 4 D
2:25 11:04 5 A
2:30 11:26 5 B

Awards & Prize Money Charts

The 2019 United Airlines NYC Half finisher certificate will be available free of charge in both digital and print versions. Be on the lookout for a post-race communication from MarathonFoto with information about the finisher certificate.

Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall, as well as in age and gender groups as explained in this article. A list of all award winners will be posted in the results for each race.

Award winners who wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

Prize Money

Women must start as part of the women-only invitational start at 7:18 a.m. to be eligible for prize money in the open category and NYRR member categories. NYRR member prize money will be determined by order of finish based on gun time.

To be eligible for any NYRR member awards, an athlete must be a member in good standing of NYRR since September 17, 2018.

Open Division Prize Money for Men and Women
Determined by Gun Time
1st $20,000
2nd $10,000
3rd $5,500
4th $3,500
5th $2,000
6th $1,500
7th $1,000
8th $500
9th $350
10th $300
11th $200
12th $150

NYRR Member Division Prize Money for Men and Women
Determined by Gun Time
Members must meet certain eligibility requirements.
1st $1,500
2nd $1,000
3rd $750
4th $600
5th $500
6th $400
7th $150
8th $100

Wheelchair Division Prize Money for Men and Women
Determined by Gun Time
1st $4,000
2nd $2,500
3rd $1,000

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