Sri Chinmoy 5K, Half-Marathon and Relay

Flushing Meadows Park, Queens New York

Two scenic races through Flushing Meadows Park!

Scenic and historic race setting
Accurately measured USATF certified course
Free T-Shirt
Bag check
Aid stations every mile
Free parking
Medals for all finishers
Kids Race at 8:45 AM
Post-race pancake breakfast!

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.

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.

Register now >> (online registration now closed, race-day registration will be available, please see details below)

View full race details >>

Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in cooperation with the NYC Parks Department.

Previous Results

Events

5K

Half-Marathon

Half-Marathon Relay

    • 9:00 AM
    • $20 Early Registration
    • $30 Race-Day

Kids Race

    • 8:45 AM
    • $5, Race-Day Only

Contact

516.710.8084
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Certification

  • USATF certified course #NY16032JG, NY18033JG

RACE DETAILS

Registration and Fees

Register Online through RedPodium or Active.  Processing fee applies (RedPodium has lower fee).
Register by mailDownload entry form. Entry must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 27 to be accepted.

5K:      Early: $20, Race-Day: $30 
Half-Marathon:      Early: $35, Race-Day: $45
Half-Marathon Relay:  Early: $20 per team member, Race-Day: $30.

Early registration: Through Monday, May 4
Race-day registration:  7:45-8:30 AM.  Cash, check, money order ONLY. (Sorry, no credit cards)

Entries are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another person.

The Course

A scenic, mostly flat, accurately measured USATF certified loop starting at the north end of Meadow Lake, passing the iconic World's Fair Unisphere, Fountain of the Planets, Queens Zoo, New York State Pavilion and Queens Museum of Art.  5K = 1 loop, Half-Marathon = 1x 5K loop + 3x  5.37K loop.  View course map >>

Half-Marathon Relay Rules

  • Each relay team must have 2 to 4 team members.  
  • There are 3 relay team categories:  All male, all female, or mixed.  The team's category is determined by the gender makeup of team after online race registration closes.
  • Each team member must complete at least one lap. 4 laps = Half-Marathon. First lap =5K, laps 2, 3, 4 = 5.37K each. 
  • If the relay team has less than 4 members, at least one team member must complete more than one lap.  It's up to the team's strategy which team member(s) complete the extra lap(s), and in which order the laps are completed.
  • Each relay team will be given a baton.  The baton must be carried on all laps, and passed from one teammate to the next inside the designated relay transition zone (near the finish line)
  • All relay team members must register online through our RedPodium registration page, or in-person on race-day.
  • The first team member to register must "create" a relay team as they register 
  • Additional relay team members must register and pay for their entries separately, making sure to sign up for the same relay team.
  • If for any reason your team-mates do not show up on race-day, your relay entry can be converted to the 5K race at no charge, however this must be done on race day before 8:30AM

Number Pickup

Number pickup for all races will be on race-day only, from 7:45-8:30 a.m

T-Shirts

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

Awards

Mens and Womens awards categories:

5K and Half-Marathon:

Under 50: Top 7
50-59: Top 3
60-69: Top 2
70 & over: First Place

Half-Marathon Relay:

First place each for top men's team, women's team, and mixed team (men & women)

Awards ceremonies:

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!

Kids Race

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.

Time Limits

5K: 1 hour (20 minute/mile pace)
Half-Marathon: 3 hours 15 min (15 minute/mile pace)

Age Restrictions

5K & Half-Marathon Relay:  Open to ages 13 & up
Half-Marathon:  Open to ages 16 & up

DIRECTIONS

Subway

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

Click here to open Race-Day Central on Google Maps

Driving

There is a large parking lot - free parking - right next to the race staging area

** IMPORTANT ** IMPORTANT **

** Due to major construction in the area of Flushing Meadows Park north of Meadow Lake, currently the only route to the parking lot next to "Race-Day Central" is to enter the Meadow Lake section of the park from Meridian Rd **

The easiest option is to use this google map link to take you to the intersection of Meridian Rd. & Meadow Lake Rd. West (inside the park), and then follow these written directions:

1. From the intersection, turn south onto Meadow Lake Rd. West.  The is no street sign, but there is a "Flushing Meadows" sign saying "Meadow Lake" with an arrow.  (Ignore the orange "entrance closed due to construction" sign, if it is still there)

2. You will pass underneath the Long Island Expressway and several overpass ramps, and through the constructions zone.

3.  The road curves to the right.  After about 0.3 mi (just after passing underneath another overpass) the parking lot entrance will be on your left.  Race-Day Central is beyond the opposite side of the parking lot, near Meadowlark Circle.

We do not recommend using navigation apps other than Google maps (such as Waze and Apple maps), as most of them do not recognize some of the roads inside the park and can take you to the wrong part of the park on the wrong side of the expressway.  (Flushing Meadows park is HUGE, larger than Central Park).

Alternatively, to navigate without GPS you can use these written directions from any of the major expressways / parkways in the area to take you to the the intersection of Meridian Rd. & Meadow Lake Rd. West, then follow the written directions above to Race-Day Central.  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 (Traveling towards Eastern Long Island)

  • Take exit 22A-E Grand Central Parkway/678 Van Wyck Expressway
  • After 0.1 mi, stay left towards East 495 Long Island Expressway/678 Van Wyck Expressway (DON'T take the Grand Central Parkway!)
  • After 0.3 mi, stay in the middle lane to take Exit 22E College Pt. Blvd.  (DON'T take the Van Wyck Expressway!)
  • After 0.2 mi, turn left at the traffic light onto College Pt. Blvd.
  • After 0.7 mi, turn left at the second traffic light.  (smaller street, no name)
  • After 150 ft, turn left (no street sign)
  • 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)
  • After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W

Continue with written directions at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


FROM WESTBOUND LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY (Traveling towards Manhattan)

  • Take exit 22B towards 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)
  • 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)
  • After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W

Continue with written directions at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


FROM WESTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY (Traveling 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
  • After 0.3 mi, stay in the middle lane to take Exit 22E College Pt. Blvd.  (DON'T take the Van Wyck Expressway!)
  • After 0.2 mi, turn left at the traffic light onto College Pt. Blvd.
  • After 0.7 mi, turn left at the second traffic light.  (smaller street, no name)
  • After 150 ft, turn left (no street sign)
  • 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)
  • After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W

Continue with written directions at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


FROM EASTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY (Traveling 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.
  • After 0.3 mi, stay in the middle lane to take Exit 22E College Pt. Blvd.  (DON'T take the Van Wyck Expressway!)
  • After 0.2 mi, turn left at the traffic light onto College Pt. Blvd.
  • After 0.7 mi, turn left at the second traffic light.  (smaller street, no name)
  • After 150 ft, turn left (no street sign)
  • 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)
  • After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W

Continue with written directions at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


FROM THE NORTHBOUND VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY (Traveling towards Whitestone Bridge)

  • 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)
  • After 150 ft, turn left (no street sign)
  • 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)
  • After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W

Continue with written directions at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


FROM THE SOUTHBOUND VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY (Traveling towards JFK airport)

  • 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
  • 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)
  • After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W

Continue with written directions at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


To view the location of Race-Day Central on google maps, you can either click this google map link, or type in "Meadowlark Circle, Queens, NY 11375", but DON'T use GPS to try to navigate directly there, it may try to send you through one of the park entrances that are currently closed.