- Youth Races – Stage 1
This event has been cancelled. For more information, visit our FAQ page.
Cross country races are a season favorite and the perfect way to introduce your kids to distance running. They promote setting long-term goals and can help your child increase endurance and mental toughness. Join us in the Bronx at Van Cortlandt Park for fitness activities and a spring cross-country run. This event is open to all ages and ability levels, so bring the whole family out to have some fun and to get moving!
Why Run with Rising New York Road Runners?
Rising New York Road Runners events are designed to be fun, inclusive, and an opportunity for our youth to see what they are capable of. Events are a combination of traditional running and fun movement activities—both of which are adaptable to meet your child’s needs. Registration for all Rising New York Road Runners events is completely free and made possible by the generosity of our community.
The chart below is a guide to the stages available at this event. Use the chart to determine the appropriate stage for your child. If you need help determining your child's stage, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Stage||Ages||Event Type||Register If...|
|1||2 to 11||
Untimed shorter distances
|Your child is new to physical activity or running, but likes playing games and being active.|
|2||8 to 18||
Untimed medium distances
|Your child likes running, but isn’t ready for a competitive event. Your child likes playing games and being active.|
|3||12 to 18||
Timed longer distances
|Your child is comfortable running a longer distance and racing other kids in a competitive setting.|
|All Ages-Activities Open||9:00 a.m.|
|Stage 3 Boys and Girls||9:00 a.m.||5K|
|Stage 1 Boys and Girls||9:00 a.m.||Varies by age|
|Stage 2 Girls||10:00 a.m.||1.5 miles|
|Stage 2 Boys||10:00 a.m.||1.5 miles|
Numbers (which include a timing tag for Stage 3) may be picked up at the NYRR RUNCENTER at 320 West 57th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) on the following dates:
- Sunday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- Monday, March 30, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, April 2, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 3, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Show the QR code from your confirmation email or your NYRR account to pick up your materials. Please pick up during the week to avoid crowds on event day. Numbers will be available on event day from 7:10 to 9:30 a.m. Event-day lines may impact your ability to get to the start on time.
Souvenirs for the event will be available for pickup on race day only at Race-Day Central and are subject to availability.
Stage 1: Short dash races of distances based on age will take place in the center of the Parade Grounds.
Stage 2: Run one 1.5-mile loop around the Flats, starting at the north end of the Parade Grounds and ending at the traditional Van Cortlandt Park finish line near the Tortoise and the Hare statue.
Stage 3: Run two loops starting at the north end of the Parade grounds, heading south into the lower hills, and ending at the traditional Van Cortlandt Park finish line on the 2nd loop.
All finishers will receive a ribbon. Top finishers in Stage 3 heats will be given podium awards