2020 United Airlines NYC Half

  • Date

    March 15, 2020
    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


The Drawing and Entry Claim Window

The application is now closed and the drawing was completed on November 20, 2019. Selected runners have been notified. 

Run with Team for Kids

Make the most of your spot in the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half by signing up to run with NYRR Team for Kids. Perks of running with Team for Kids include:

  • Unlimited access to our team of coaches via email and phone
  • Fundraising resources and support, including a personal fundraising page, to help you meet your fundraising goal
  • Signature Team for Kids green racing singlet


Guaranteed Entry and 4 Out of 6 Program

Review the guaranteed entry methods for the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half. Runners who earned guaranteed entry to the race must have claimed their entry during the application window.

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

  • United Airlines NYC Half
  • Popular® Brooklyn Half
  • NYRR Queens 10K
  • NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile
  • New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
  • NYRR Staten Island Half 

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

2020 United Airlines NYC Half Course

Runners will begin their journey in Prospect Park before taking the race onto Brooklyn’s streets. For the third 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. The route finishes just north of Tavern on the Green.

A course map will be available in the weeks leading up to the race.

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 physical therapists and exercise physiologists while also receiving tips on how to best recover from the race. 

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!

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 12: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 13: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14: 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. There is no race-day bib pickup.

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.

Awards & Prize Money Charts

The 2020 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, 2019.


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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