Sri Chinmoy 5K, Half-Marathon & Relay (July)

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York

A flat, fast course through scenic Flushing Meadows Park!

Scenic, accurately measured USATF certified course
Free race cap
Bag Check
Aid stations every mile
Medals for all finishers
Fruit smoothies for all runners
Free parking
Kids Race 7:45AM

About the event

Join us on Saturday, July 23, 2022, 8AM for the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon, featuring a scenic, flat and fast 5K loop around historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

What, not up for a half-marathon?  Don't worry, we've got you covered with a 5K, or better yet, for a morning of fun, grab some friends and sign up for the Half-Marathon Relay!

5K = one loop, Half-Marathon = one 5K loop + three 5.37K loops.

PERKS & AMENITIES:

Free parking, bag check, Sri Chinmoy Races running cap, aid stations every mile, medals for all finishers, and fruit smoothies! (we're still deciding)

View full race details below, or register here >>

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

Previous Results

Events

5K

    • 8:00AM
    • $25 Through June 25
    • $30 Through July 13
    • $35 Through July 21, 12 noon
  • View course map »

Half-Marathon (Individual)

    • 8:00AM
    • $40 Through June 25
    • $50 Through July 13
    • $60 Through July 21, 12 noon
  • View course map »

Half Marathon (Relay)

    • 8:00AM
    • $25 Through June 25
    • $30 Through July 13
    • $35 Through July 21, 12 noon

Kids Race

    • 7:45AM
    • $3 pre-reserved
    • $5 race-day
    • See details further down

Contact

Certification

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

RACE DETAILS

Registration & Fees

Register Online through RedPodium (a small processing fee applies).  Registration for the 5K and Half-Marathon (not relay) also available through RunSignup and Active (processing fees are higher).

Through June 25:  $25 5K or Relay*, $40 Half-Marathon
Through July 13:  $30 5K or Relay*, $50 Half-Marathon
Through July 21, 12 noon: $35 5K or Relay*, $60 Half-Marathon

*Fee per relay team member

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

Kids Race: please see details below

 

RACE START

8:00AM sharp for ALL runners, but please note that we are utilizing two separate start areas about 60 meters apart: One for 5K runners, and one for half-marathon & relay runners.  All runners converge back together again 100 meters after the start.

 

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 = one loop, Half-Marathon = one 5K loop + three 5.37K loops.  View course map >>

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

 

HALF-MARATHON RELAY RULES

  • Each relay team must have 2 to 4 team members.  
  • 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 what order they run.
  • There are 3 relay team categories:  All male, all female, or mixed.  The team's category is determined by the gender makeup of the team after online race registration closes.
  • 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. Deadline is July 21, 5PM (online registration close).  No race-day registration.
  • 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, signing up for the relay team as they register.
  • If for any reason your teammates 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 7:30AM

 

KIDS RACE

Fun for the little ones, too!  There will be a Kids Race at 7:45 a.m., for children under 13.  Each child will be issued a mini race bib and receive a finisher medal and a small gift.  The course distance will be 400 meters or less, and there may be two separate heats, depending on the number of children and their ages.

Registration fee is $3 if pre-reserving a spot in advance, or $5 if registering on race-day.  In either case, you will need to pay the fee in cash on race-day, anytime from 7:15 a.m. onward. Please note that children under 13 are not eligible to run in the 5K or Half-Marathon.

 

Race Packets

Choose Packet Shipping when registering ($5.95), to avoid the lines on race day and have your race cap and bib delivered to your door before the race.  Option available to US addresses only, through July 13.  Option not available for Half-Marathon Relay.
For runners that do not choose packet shipping, packet pickup is available at the race site between 7:00-7:45AM.

To ensure you are included in the results, please wear your bib visibly on your stomach or chest throughout the race, not on your leg, back or underneath a jacket.  If you would like to avoid pinning your bib to your jacket or top, use of a bib belt is recommended ($10 on Amazon)

 

Race Caps

For a fun change, the giveaway for this race will be a Sri Chinmoy Races vented running cap instead of a shirt

*Race caps guaranteed for all participants registered by July 9. We'll do our best to provide them for those who register after that date, but no guarantees!

 

Awards

Men’s and Women’s awards categories:

5K and Half-Marathon:

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

Half-Marathon Relay:

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

Awards ceremonies:

5K:  8:50 a.m.
Half-Marathon & Relay: 10:15 a.m.

 

Fruit Smoothies

We'll have freshly made fruit smoothies for all runners after they finish.  One per runner please!

 

Time Limits

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

 

Age Restrictions

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

 

COVID-19

There are currently no COVID restrictions for outdoor events of this size in NYC Parks.  Masks are optional.  Those wishing to have a little extra space at the start can move towards the back where there is plenty of room to spread out.  Spectators are allowed.  If there are new restrictions imposed before the event, we will post them here and notify runners via email. 

 

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 giveaways 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.

 

Race Credit / Refund Policy

Please view our policy here before submitting a request for refund or credit.

 

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"