Sri Chinmoy 5K, Half-Marathon and Relay
Two scenic races through Flushing Meadows Park!
About the event
Join us on Saturday, May 12 for our inaugural Half-Marathon in Flushing Meadows Park! The course follows a scenic and mostly flat loop through the park. Four 5.3K loops = Half-Marathon
Not up for a Half-Marathon? Enter the 5K race, or better yet, for a morning of fun, grab some friends and sign up for the Half-Marathon Relay!
9:00 AM simultaneous start for the 5K, Half-Marathon, & Relay. Kids race at 8:45 AM
How does the Half-Marathon Relay work?
Each relay team must have 2-4 members. Each team member must complete at least one lap. For teams with less than 4 members, at least one member will need to complete an extra lap (or laps). Choose your strongest runner or runners, or draw straws... however you like. You do not need to decide in advance which team members will complete which laps (or the extra laps in the case of smaller teams). Team members completing extra laps can do them consecutively (e.g. 2nd & 3rd laps) or non-consecutively (e.g. 1st & 3rd laps)... it's all up to your team's strategy! Relay team categories: All male, all female, or mixed (at least 1 male and 1 female member).
Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in cooperation with the NYC Parks Department.
- 9:00 AM
- $20 Early Registration
- $30 Race-Day (IF AVAILABLE)
- View course map »
- 9:00 AM
- $35 Early Registration
- $45 Race-Day (IF Available)
- 9:00 AM
- $20 Early Registration
- NO Race-Day registration
- 8:45 AM
- $5, Race-Day Only
- USATF certified course and sanctioned event
Registration and Fees
We strongly recommend pre-registering for this event, race-day registration may not be available
Register Online through RedPodium or Active. Processing fee applies (RedPodium has lower fee).
Register by mail: Download entry form. Entry must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 27 to be accepted.
5K: Early: $20, Race-Day: (IF available) $30
Half-Marathon: Early: $35, Race-Day: (IF available) $45
Half-Marathon Relay: Early: $20 per team member. No Race-Day entry for relay.
Early registration: Through Monday, May 7
Race-day registration (IF available): 7:45-8:30 AM. Cash, check, money order ONLY. (Sorry, no credit cards). Please check our website on May 4 to see if race day registration will be offered for the 5K and Half-Marathon. Race-day registration will NOT be available for the Half-Marathon Relay.
Entries are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another person.
Number pickup for all races will be on race-day only, from 7:45-8:30 a.m
Free T-Shirts for all participants registered by Friday, April 27
For participants registered after April 27, any extra T-Shirts will be available after the race, distributed on a first-come first-serve basis
T-Shirt sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL
Mens and Womens awards categories:
5K and Half-Marathon:
Under 50: Top 3
50-59: Top 2
60 and over: First place
First place each for top men's team, women's team, and mixed team (men & women)
5K: 9:50 a.m.
Half-Marathon & Relay: 11:30 a.m.
Post-Race Pancake Breakfast!
Hot pancakes are even more enjoyable after you’ve run a race, and we’re cooking them up fresh for everyone on race day! yes, of course they're free, and yes, we have toppings!
There will be a kids race at 8:45 a.m. for children under 13. 100 meter and 400 meter distances - depending on the child’s age. Registration - $5 - is on race day only, starting at 8:30 a.m. Each child will receive a small prize.
5K: 1 hour (20 minute/mile pace)
Half-Marathon: 3 hours 15 min (15 minute/mile pace)
5K & Half-Marathon Relay: Open to ages 13 & up
Half-Marathon: Open to ages 16 & up
The closest subway station is Mets-Willets Point on the number 7 subway line (view MTA subway map).
Exit the train and follow the signs to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This will lead you across a bridge. Essentially, you'll first head for the Unisphere - pass it - and then walk over the footbridge over the Long Island Expressway to get to the race staging area at Meadowlark Circle at the North end of Meadow Lake. It’s a little more than 1 mile from the Subway station to the race staging area (the perfect warm-up jog!). View map of walking route from Mets-Willets station to race staging area
There is a large parking lot (free parking) right next to the race staging area. By far the easiest way to get there is by using Google Maps navigation: Click to open parking lot location on Google Maps, or type in "Meadowlark Circle, Queens, NY 11375"
We do NOT recommend using other navigation apps such as Apple Maps, Waze, etc., as most of them will take you to the wrong location in another part of the park, or on the wrong side of the expressway. (Flushing Meadows is a VERY BIG park, larger than Central Park)
Below are written driving directions if you’d like to navigate the old-fashioned way. There are lots of twists and turns, so please follow the instructions very carefully, otherwise you can get very lost, very quickly!
FROM EASTBOUND LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY:
1. Take exit 22A-E Grand Central Parkway/678 Van Wyck Expressway
2. After 0.1 mi, stay left towards East 495 Long Island Expressway/678 Van Wyck Expressway (Don’t take the Grand Central Parkway!)
3. After 0.3 mi, stay in the middle lane to take Exit 22E College Pt. Blvd. (Don’t take the Van Wyck Expressway!)
4. After 0.2 mi, turn left at the traffic light onto College Pt. Blvd.
5. After 0.7 mi, turn left at the second traffic light. (smaller street, no name)
6. After 150 ft, turn left (no street name)
7. Go 100 ft (pass under the expressway), turn left at the T junction onto Meridian Rd. (there is a Flushing Meadows sign at the intersection with an arrow pointing left towards Meadow Lake)
8. After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W
IMPORTANT: Please obey 10 MPH speed limit inside the park!
9. After 0.2 mi, (passing underneath several expressway overpasses) stay to the right at the fork, and then keep right.
10. After 0.3 mi (just after passing underneath another overpass) the parking lot entrance is on your left.
The race staging area is beyond the far side of the parking lot, near Meadowlark Circle.
FROM WESTBOUND LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY:
Take exit 22B toward College Point Blvd/678 Van Wyck Expy
After 150 meters, turn right onto Rodman St.
Immediately get in the far left lane (left turn only), then go through the light across College Pt. Blvd. and make first left turn (no street name), then follow the directions from step 7 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway (above).
FROM WESTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY (towards RFK Bridge)
Take Exit 10E-W 495 Long Island Expressway / Eastern Long Island, then stay right to exit 10E 495 Long Island Expressway/Eastern Long Island/Riverhead, then follow the directions from step 3 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway (above).
FROM EASTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY (towards Eastern Long Island)
Take exit 10W-E 495 Long Island Expressway/Manhattan/Eastern Long Island
After 0.3 mi, keep right to exit 10E, you will loop around onto the LIE service road, then follow directions from step 3 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway (above).
FROM THE NORTHBOUND VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY
Take exit 12A College Pt. Blvd./Long Is Expwy/Eastern Long Is
After 0.5 mi, bear left at the fork onto College Pt. Blvd.
after 0.8 mi, turn left at the third traffic light (unnamed road), then follow directions from step 6 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway above.
FROM THE SOUTHBOUND VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY
Take exit 12A College Pt. Blvd / 495 L I Expwy / Eastern L I
After 0.3 mi, turn right at the light onto College Pt. Blvd.
Make the next possible right turn. the road is unnamed, but there is a small green sign with an arrow “USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center”
Turn right at the stop sign, follow directions from step 7 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway above.
About the Organisers
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Serving the running community for over 35 years...
Team Founder Sri Chinmoy
A lifelong advocate of fitness and self-transcendence...