Sri Chinmoy 5K & Half-Marathon

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York

A flat, fast course through scenic Flushing Meadows Park!

Scenic, accurately measured USATF certified course
Free race shirt
Bag Check
Aid stations every 1.5 miles
Medals for all finishers
Free parking

About the event

Join us on Saturday, July 31, 2021 for the Sri Chinmoy 5K & Half-Marathon, featuring a scenic, flat and fast 5K loop around historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  5K = one loop, Half-Marathon = one 5K loop + three 5.37K loops.

PERKS & AMENITIES:

Free parking, bag check, race shirt, aid stations every 1.5 miles, medals for all finishers.

View full race details below, or register here >>

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

Events

5K

    • 8~9AM Start (TBA)
    • $30 Through July 3
    • $35 Through July 21 (T-shirt guaranteed)
    • $40 Until registration closes
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Half-Marathon

    • 8~9AM Start (TBA)
    • $40 Through July 3
    • $50 Through July 21 (T-shirt guaranteed)
    • $60 Until registration closes
  • View course map »

Contact

Certification

  • NY16032JG (5K), NY18033JG (Half-Marathon)

RACE DETAILS

Registration & Fees

Register Online through RedPodium (a small processing fee applies)

Through July 3:  5K $30, Half $40
Through July 21:  5K $35, Half $50 (T-shirt guaranteed)
Until registration closes:  5K $40, Half $60

Strictly no race-day registration.  Entries cannot be transferred to another person.

 

Start Times

All runners in both the 5K and Half-Marathon will start sometime between 8-9AM.  If allowed, all runners will start simultaneously. if not, there will be multiple waves.   We will advise registered runners via email of their start time in the week leading up to the race.

 

The Course

A scenic, mostly flat, accurately measured 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 = one loop, Half-Marathon = one 5K loop + three 5.37K loops.  View course map >>

USATF certified course NY16032JG (5K), NY18033JG (Half-Marathon)

 

Race Packets

Participants will receive a race shirt and bib in the mail in advance of the race, to further limit on-site interactions on race-day.

The cost of shipping is included in the race registration fee.  You will be notified by email when your package ships, which will be 7 days before the race.  Please help us by registering early, entering a valid U.S. shipping address including apartment number, if applicable, and adding [email protected] to your address book to ensure you receive all notifications.

 

Race Shirts

Free race shirts guaranteed for all participants registered by July 21.

T-Shirt sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL

We'll do our best to provide shirts for those who register after July 21, but no guarantees!

 

Awards

Men’s and Women’s awards categories, for 5K and Half-Marathon:

Under 50: Top 3
50 & over: First place

Medals for all finishers

Awards will be mailed to winners after the race (no awards ceremony at the race)

 

Time Limits

5K: 1 Hour
Half-Marathon: 3 hrs, 15 min.

 

Age Restrictions

5K: 13 & up, Half-Marathon: 16 & up, as of race day.

 

COVID-19 Precautions

The following is a list of measures we are taking in order to help protect the health and safety of participants and race personnel.  As the situation is subject to change, this page may be updated.  Please make sure to add [email protected] to your address book in order to receive important race updates.

  • You must register in advance, there will be no race-day registration.
  • In the 14 days prior to the event if you 1) experience COVID-19 symptoms, or 2) test positive for COVID-19, or 3) come in close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, you may not attend the event.
  • Only registered runners with their race bib pinned to the front of their shirt will be permitted in the race staging area.  Sorry, strictly no guests / spectators.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing (min. 6 ft.) are mandatory at all times in the race staging area.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the race staging area.
  • Face coverings are required during the race when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Sealed water bottles will be available at the start/finish area in lieu of water cups.
  • After finishing, please exit the race area as soon as you can.
  • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days following the event, you must notify us immediately.

 

Event Cancellation Policy

We live in uncertain times.  If we are forced to cancel this event owing to circumstances beyond our control, including, but not limited to:

  • New or modified COVID-19 regulations/restrictions imposed by park officials or city or state governments;
  • Unsafe conditions in the park, such as excessive snow or ice on the roadways, or other severe weather related conditions;

the event will be converted to a virtual one.  Registered participants will still receive race shirts and finisher medals in the mail upon completion of the virtual race, and trophies will be mailed to winners as per the awards breakdown above.

Refunds:  We're sorry, but we cannot issue refunds, credit or deferrals within 30 days of the original event date, as most expenses (such as race shirts, trophies, finisher medals) have been paid for.  If the event is cancelled more than 30 days prior to the original event date, we will contact registered participants with race refund / credit / deferral options.

 

Visit us in Queens

Stop by for a visit!  Enjoy food, shopping & more, in a peaceful atmosphere:

Dining:
Annam Brahma Restaurant  (718) 523-2600
Smile of the Beyond (Breakfast & Lunch)  (718) 739-7453
Panorama of My Silence-Heart Cafe  (718) 206-4960

Shopping:
Guru Health Foods  (718) 291-7406
Divine Robe Supreme (Clothing and gift boutique) (718) 523-2082
Guru Stationery (Stationery and gift shop) (718) 523-3471
The Garland of Divinity's Love (Flowers for all occasions)  (718) 523-3692

Services:
The Manifestation-Glow (Full service design & printing) (718) 380-5259
Victory-Factory (Screen printing supplies)  (718) 454-2255

 

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) near the race staging area.  The easiest option for navigation is to use this google map link to the parking lot entrance.

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 intersection of Meridian Rd. & Meadow Lake Rd. West, then follow the written directions at the bottom 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 bottom 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 bottom 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 bottom 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 bottom 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 200 meters, take the nondescript exit that curves left and goes under the Expresssway (there is no sign).  You will be heading in opposite direction
  • Bear right into park, then make immediate right
  • After 200m follow road straight over small bridge
  • After another 200m make first left
  • After about 0.3 mi (just after passing underneath an overpass) the parking lot entrance will be on your left


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 below:

From the intersection of Meridian Rd. and Meadow Lake Rd. West:

1. 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.

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.


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"