Sri Chinmoy New Year's Day Half-Marathon
Start the New Year right - with a Half-Marathon!
About the event
Join us for the Sri Chinmoy New Year's Day Half-Marathon, taking place on Monday, January 1, 2024 at 9AM, featuring a scenic, flat and fast loop around historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park!
PERKS & AMENITIES:
Free parking, bag check, aid stations every mile, custom quarter-zip LS tech top, free finisher photos, custom finisher medals, and our famous post-race pancake breakfast!
View full race race details below
Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in cooperation with the NYC Parks Department
Registration & Fees
$40 through Dec. 4
$50 through Dec. 22
$60 through Dec. 30, 5PM (online registration close)
No race-day registration. Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
A scenic, "pancake flat" and fast USATF certified 1.27-mile loop starting near the intersection of Ave. of Commerce and Ave. of Progress, passing the iconic World's Fair Unisphere, Queens Museum of Art and Fountain of the Planets. View course map >>
Half-Marathon = 1x 0.36-mile start loop + 10x 1.274-mile main loops. Mile signs every mile along course.
All runners' laps counted.
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. 19. Packets will ship out en masse on Dec. 21.
Otherwise, packet pickup is available at the race site from 8-8:45AM.
Custom race shirts, guaranteed for all participants registered by December 19.
Women's Fitted Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Unisex X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
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
Custom 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! Toppings: REAL maple syrup, whipped cream, and more!
3 hours, or a 13:45/mile minimum pace. (12 noon cutoff)
Participants must be 16 years or older as of race-day to compete.
Results will be posted here on our race page within 24 hours
Race Credit / Refund Policy
Please view our policy here before submitting a request for refund or credit.
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 health 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,
But the new year will come and go.
So begin your self-transformation-play
-Sri Chinmoy, Founder
USE GOOGLE MAPS FOR NAVIGATION
Almost all of the streets within the park have no signage whatsoever. We strongly recommend using Google maps as you are navigating to the parking lot, and within the park. We do NOT recommend using other apps (such as Waze or Apple maps), as they 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.
The closest subway station is Mets-Willets Point on the number 7 subway line (view MTA subway map).
Use this link showing the walking route from the 7 train to Race-Day Central, while following along with the written directions below:
Exit the train and follow the signs to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This will lead you across a bridge over train / bus yards. At the end of the bridge you'll go down a long ramp to David Dinkins Circle. Make a slight left onto Ave. of Commerce. Ave. of Commerce has three separate but parallel lanes, and will curve gently to the right as you continue along. After 200 meters, pass the first intersection with Ave. of Progress. After another 200 meters, you will pass the Pool of Industry (A.K.A. Fountain of the Planets) a little ways off to your left. After another 200 meters, you will pass the second intersection of Ave. of Progress. Race-Day Central will be just past this intersection on your left. Total distance from subway is 0.7 miles / 15-minute walk.
Click here to open Race-Day Central on Google Maps, or type "Ave. of Commerce and Ave. of Progress, Queens, NY 11355" into Google maps
Near Race-Day Central, there is a series of seven small parking lots (free parking) underneath the elevated Van Wyck Expressway. There is only one entrance here off of Meridian Rd. that leads to all of them. Click the previous link, or type "Rodman Walk & Meridian Rd, Queens, NY 11355" into Google Maps to navigate there.
Once parked, it is a 300-meter walk to Race-Day Central. Use this link showing the walking route from the parking lot to Race-Day Central, while following along with the written directions below:
From the parking lot entrance, cross Meridian Rd. and head straight into the park toward Pool of Industry (A.K.A. Fountain of the Planets). After 80 meters, make your first left turn onto Ave. of Progress, a wide roadway with three separate lanes. After another 150 meters, make next left at Ave. of Commerce. Race-Day Central will be on your left, after 50 meters.
Alternately, you can click here to open Race-Day Central on Google Maps, or type "Ave. of Commerce and Ave. of Progress" into Google maps, but don't do this until you are already parked in the lot!
About the Organisers
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Serving the running community for over 40 years...
Team Founder Sri Chinmoy
A lifelong advocate of fitness and self-transcendence...