Sri Chinmoy New Year's Day Half-Marathon

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York

Start the New Year right - with a Half-Marathon!

Scenic, accurately measured USATF certified course
Free race shirt
Medals for all finishers
Bag Check
Aid station every 1.5 miles
Free parking
Post-race pancake breakfast!

About the event

Join us for the Sri Chinmoy New Year's Day Half-Marathon, taking place on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 9AM, featuring a scenic, flat and fast loop around historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park! 4 loops = Half-Marathon.

*** Please see COVID update below - runners will be required to wear masks in certain situations. ***

PERKS & AMENITIES:

Free parking, bag check, aid stations every 1.5 miles, race shirt, medals for all finishers, and our famous post-race pancake breakfast!

Register online here

View full race race details below

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

Previous Results

Distance

Half-Marathon
View course map »

Start time

  • 9:00 AM

Cost

  • $40 through Dec. 4
  • $50 through Dec. 22
  • $60 through Dec. 30, 5PM
  • $70 race day, cash only

Contact

516.710.8084
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Certification

  • USATF Certified Course #NY16032JG & #NY18033JG

RACE DETAILS

COVID-19 Precautions

UPDATE:  All runners will be required to wear a mask in the start area, and when at (or in line for) the number pickup, bag check, etc.  Masks are not required at other times, including during the race.

If there are new restrictions imposed before the event, we will post them here and notify runners via email.  

 

Registration & Fees

Register Online through RedPodium (a small processing fee applies), or RunSignup or Active (higher processing fees)

$40 through Dec. 4
$50 through Dec. 22
$60 through Dec. 30, 5PM (online registration close)
$70 race-day (7:00-7:45AM), cash only.

Entries cannot be transferred to another person.

 

The Course

A scenic, flat and fast 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.  View course map
Half-Marathon = one 5K loop + three 5.37K loops (4 loops total).
USATF course certification NY16032JG & NY18033JG

 

Race Packets

Choose Packet Shipping when registering ($5.95), to avoid the lines on race day and have your shirt and bib delivered to your door before the race. Available through Dec. 20.
Otherwise, packet pickup is available at the race site from 8-8:45AM.

 

Race Shirts

Free race shirts guaranteed for all participants registered by December 18.  We'll do our best to provide shirts for those who register after that date, but no guarantees!
Sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL

 

Awards

Men’s and Women’s awards categories:

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

Awards Ceremony at 11:30AM

Medals for all finishers

 

POST-RACE PANCAKE BREAKFAST!

Hot pancakes are even more enjoyable when they’re earned, and we’re cooking them up fresh for everyone on race day!

 

Time Limits

Half-Marathon: 3 hours, or a 13:45/mile minimum pace. (12 noon cutoff)

 

Age Restrictions

Participants must be 16 years or older as of race-day to compete.

 

Results

Results will be posted on our website within 24 hours

 

Race Credit / Refund Policy

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

 

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 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.

 

"The new year comes
To give you another opportunity,
Another hope.
But the new year will come and go.
So begin your self-transformation-play
Immediately!"

-Sri Chinmoy, Founder

 

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, or type in "Meadowlark Circle, Queens, NY 11375".

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, you will reach the intersection of Meadow Lake Rd. W (stop sign).

Continue with written directions below:

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

1. Turn south onto Meadow Lake Rd. West.  There 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.  At the fork, bear right (do not follow signs for Grand Central Parkway or Van Wyck Expressway)

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 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"