United Airlines NYC Half


The 2019 United Airlines NYC Half Course

This year, runners will begin their journey on Prospect Park’s Center Drive before taking the race onto Brooklyn’s streets. (See start map.)

For the second 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. (See course map.

This year’s less hilly Central Park route finishes just north of Tavern on the Green and will feature a shorter post-race walk-off for runners to exit the park and start their celebrations. (See finish map.)

Check out our full Course Description.

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The 2019 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 the Big Apple this March!

The United Airlines NYC Half is a part of the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Run New York. Five Boroughs. One City.

Event hashtag: #UnitedNYCHalf—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!

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!

Four Out of Six

Eligibility for entry to the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half is guaranteed for NYRR members who have an active membership by the last qualifying event of the 2018 Run Four Out of Six program (NYRR Staten Island Half on October 14), and who have run four of the following six events in 2018:

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

Eligibility for entry to the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half will be guaranteed for NYRR members who have an active membership by the last qualifying event of the 2019 4 Out of 6 program (NYRR Staten Island Half in October), and who run four of the following six events in 2019:

  • United Airlines NYC Half
  • Popular® Brooklyn Half
  • NYRR Queens 10K
  • NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile (Replacing the NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half as a qualifying race)
  • New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
  • NYRR Staten Island Half

Be sure to check your guaranteed entry status in your My NYRR profile.

Course Description

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.

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 primary care sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and performance coaches while also receiving tips on how to best recover from the race.

NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze

Members of the NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze will guide participants toward specific goal times over the 13.1 miles. There will be signs in the corrals starting at 6:51 per mile. If you choose to run with a pace group, pacers—you’ll recognize them by the NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze logo and the green and blue chevron design—will carry signs that correspond with their finish times and paces.

Finish Time
per Mile
1:20 6:06
1:25 6:29
1:30 6:51
1:35 7:15
1:40 7:37
1:45 8:00
1:50 8:23
1:55 8:46
2:00 9:09
2:05 9:33
2:10 9:54
2:15 10:17
2:20 10:41
2:25 11:04
2:30 11:26
3:00 13:44

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.

Medal Engraving for Members

NYRR Members and myNB Rewards Gold Members: Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub after the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half for complimentary finisher medal engraving!*

Sunday, March 17: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 18: 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19: 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

*Please note that we are only able to offer engraving for participants in the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half.

Please have your NYRR Member Number (available on your NYRR member card or in My NYRR) or download the NB App and show your Gold status at time of engraving. Can’t make it? Send a proxy to have your medal engraved; they’ll just need your NYRR member number.

Finishers who are not NYRR members can purchase an NYRR membership through their My NYRR account, and will be able to have their medal engraved after becoming an NYRR member. Visit our Membership page for more details on NYRR membership levels and prices.

Alternatively, runners can learn how to become a myNB Rewards Gold Member to receive free medal engraving.

Please note: All engraving will be done on-site; no drop-offs.

Entry Fees

The drawing is free to enter and limited to one entry per person.

A credit card is the only accepted form of payment for the United Airlines NYC Half. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept cash payments.
NYRR Member$130
NYRR 10K Member$0

Number Pickup & Registration

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 14: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 15: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: 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 My NYRR account approximately 1-2 weeks out from the race) and a copy of your photo ID.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition
Race Procedures | Age Policy | Run Clean


The 2019 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 that wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

Prize Money

Open Division, Men and Women

NYRR Member Division, Men and Women
Cumulative with Open Division;
members must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Wheelchair Division, Men and Women

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, 2018.

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.


Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:30am

New York City


Both Men and Women
Charity Spots
Finisher Medals
Marathon Qualifier
Prize Money
Wave Starts


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Registration will close at 06:00pm on Saturday, March 16.


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Title Partner | Official Airline
Premier Partner of NYRR
Official Athletic Footwear and Apparel Partner of NYRR
Official Hospital
Official Isotonic Beverage
Official Apple
Official Bottled Water
Contributing Partner


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