Plan Your Evening and #GetOutToRun at Manhattanhenge 2019

Please Note: There is a chance for thunderstorms in the forecast for this Friday. In the case of inclement weather, all outdoor NYRR related activities will be cancelled. 

Runners running in front of a sunset on the streets of Harlem

So, What is Manhattanhenge?

It’s an astrological event that is unique to New York City due to the grid system of the streets. Twice a year, the sun’s descent through the sky aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s grid, creating a sunset that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

In 2019, Manhattanhenge has so far eluded New Yorkers. The first time the event occurred, on May 29, thunderstorms blocked the view of the natural phenomenon. July 12 is the last chance to catch a glimpse this year, and NYRR wants to make sure it is one you will remember forever!

Those who were lucky enough to sign up for the sold-out run will join fellow runners at the NYRR RUNCENTER an hour before Manhattanhenge reaches its peak for a sunny 5K before making your way back to 57th street to watch the sun set together.

Worried about the timing? We’ve put together a schedule to ensure you don’t miss out on a single second of this spectacular sight.

Sunset behind the Statue of Liberty 

Friday, July 12

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Leave work, unless you are one of those lucky people who have summer Fridays! In any case, start making your way to Midtown.

6:15 p.m. Meet up with friends for a light snack. Relax and soak in the fact that you are about to witness a rare sight with your local running community.

6:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Depending on how far away you are, you want to start making your way to the NYRR RUNCENTER. It is a good idea to arrive about 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the event.

7:15 p.m. Arrive at the NYRR RUNCENTER for the Run to Manhattanhenge Sun. Claim your locker and change into your running clothes. Introduce yourself to other runners. Who knows, maybe you could make a friend!

7:30 p.m. Leave the NYRR RUNCENTER with the group. Try to contain your excitement, or don’t! No judgment here.

8:00 p.m. Arrive at 57th Street with the group after completing the 5K run and settle in. Pick your ideal viewing spot, plan your shots, and figure out which selfie angles will work best.

8:10 p.m. It is almost time. The sun should be setting down the street grid now. Get those cameras ready and make sure you have a clear view.

8:21 p.m. Manhattanhenge is at its peak. Take your pictures now!

8:30 p.m. Scroll through all your photos to make sure you got the perfect shot. Decide which ones are going on your Instagram, use #GetOutToRun, and maybe think about updating your Facebook profile picture.

8:45 p.m. It’s starting to get dark, but you can head into your weekend knowing that you are crushing your summer bucket list and have witnessed something truly incredible and unique in the greatest city on earth.


Katie Manzi

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