- Both Men and Women
- Staggered Start
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture at this four-mile race in Central Park, now in its 13th year. The race and accompanying Rising New York Road Runners event are part of Japan Day @ Central Park, which starts immediately after the Japan Run and features a variety of Japanese food, activities, and stage performances over the course of the day.
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 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!
Bring the whole family out with our Rising New York Road Runners at Japan Run. Entry is free for all participants and activities begin at 9:30 a.m.
Why race with New York Road Runners?
A portion of your proceeds supports NYRR’s mission to help and inspire people through running, and benefits NYRR’s youth and community programs.
Celebrate Mother's Day in Japanese style at the Japan Day Festival, in the vicinity of Center Road immediately following the four-mile race. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through food, activities, and stage performances. For more information, visit japandaynyc.org.
A prize drawing for runners will take place in the Bandshell at 9:15 a.m.; you must be present to win.
Numbers (which include your timing tag) and T-shirts may be picked up at the NYRR RUNCENTER at 320 West 57th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) on:
- Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- Monday, May 6, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 9, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Friday, May 10, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Show the QR code from your race confirmation email or your NYRR account to pick up your race materials. Please pick up during the week to avoid crowds on race day. Race-day lines may impact your ability to get to the start on time. T-shirt sizes are subject to availability; please note that T-shirts may not be available at race-day pickup.
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 only for our weekly races, and not for the TCS New York City Marathon.
On race day, pickup will be at the Race-Day Central at Center Road in Central Park from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. for the Japan Run (4M) and from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. for the Rising New York Road Runners at Japan Run. If you pick up on race day, please be sure to allow yourself enough time to get from Race-Day Central to the start.
Bag check, also located at Race-Day Central at Center Road, will be open from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. If you wish to check a bag, please allow additional time for bag check and security.
The course is the four-mile Central Park "inner loop."
Mile 1: Start on East Drive near East 68th Street and run north, ascending Cat Hill.
Mile 2: Continue north and and pass Engineers' Gate (East 90th Street). Turn left onto the 102nd Street Transverse.
Mile 3: Turn left on 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.
Follow The MTA's Weekender schedule to plan your race-day transportation.
If you bike to the race, please follow our bike parking guidelines.
All race information is subject to change.