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United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon

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About United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon

The New York City Half Marathon (branded as the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon) is an annual half marathon road running race. It passes through famous landmarks such as Central Park and Times Square. The New York Road Runners administers the race.

The annual United Airlines NYC Half will take runners from around the city and the globe on a 13.1-mile tour of NYC. Led by a talent-packed roster of American and international elites, runners will stop traffic in Manhattan, from Central Park through Times Square to South Street Seaport!

Since it’s the spring, the scenery is a lot less green and lush than it would be in the summer — the leaves aren’t yet on the trees, but that lets you see more of the buildings, museums and high rises along the route through the park. And it’s winding and hilly through the park, with some switchback-style turns near the north end of the park.

There’s several small bands out there playing, plus what must have been a race volunteer (or just an enthusiastic onlooker!) who was out at several points in the race cheering everyone on, telling the women runners “hey ladies, look — you’ve just stopped traffic!” He must have been speeding by bike from location to location, because we no doubt saw him at like 4 points along the route.

Numerous world class runners have participated in the race, including marathon record holders Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe, Olympic marathon medalists Catherine Ndereba, Meb Keflezighi, and Deena Kastor, 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein, and American half marathon record holder Ryan Hall.


United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon

  • 21.097km

Central Park

New York,us


Wall Street

New York,us


The course starts with a clockwise 6.2-mile (10 km) loop around hilly Central Park. The course then flattens and goes along Seventh Avenue to Times Square, where it follows 42nd Street to the West Side Highway, adjacent to the Hudson River. The race finishes near Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.


Mile 1 Start on East Drive in Central Park, just north of East 72nd Street, and head north. Miles 2-3 Continue north, and bear right at the Lenox Avenue exit from Central Park. Turn left at 110th Street/Central Park North. Run counter-clockwise around Central Park West Circle and return on 110th Street/Central Park North, then turn right at the Lenox Avenue entrance to Central Park. Bear right at East Drive and continue south on West Drive. Miles 4-6 Continue South on West Drive. Turn right at the Seventh Avenue exit from Central Park. Continue south on Seventh Avenue through Times Square. Miles 7-8 Turn right at West 42nd Street, then right at the West Side Highway. Run north in the northbound lanes, make a U-turn at West 44th Street, and run south in the southbound lanes. Miles 8−12 Continue south in the southbound lanes of the West Side Highway. Miles 12-13.1 Bear left at the Battery Park Underpass entrance. Run through the underpass and continue on FDR Drive North. Bear right at the South Street exit and then turn right at South Street. Turn left at Maiden Lane, and left at Water Street to finish at Wall Street.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.