Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York

A flat and fast course through scenic Flushing Meadows Park!

Scenic race course
Accurately measured USATF certified course
Free race T-shirt
Medals for all finishers
Bag Check
Aid stations every mile
Free parking

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K race features a scenic, flat and fast 5K loop around historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Multiple Covid-19 precautions will be in effect - please see details further down.

Park Fundraiser:  All proceeds of this race go to Flushing Meadows Park!

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

PERKS & AMENITIES:

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

REGISTRATION & FEES:
Please see details below

Previous Results

Distance

5 K
View course map »

Start time

  • Waves starting at 9:00AM

Cost

  • $30 through Nov. 5 (T-shirt guaranteed)
  • $35 through Nov. 12
  • $40 through Nov. 19

Contact

Boijayanti or Suchitra
516.710.8084
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Certification

  • USATF Certified Course #NY16032JG & #NY16033JG

RACE DETAILS

Registration Fees

Register Online through RedPodium (a small processing fee applies)

$30 through November 5 (T-shirt guaranteed)
$35 through November 12
$40 through November 19 or until online registration closes

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

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 fluid, this page may be updated.  Please make sure to add [email protected] to your address book in order to receive important email updates.

  • This race is capped at 200 participants.  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, 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 and at aid stations.
  • There will be multiple wave starts, from 9:00AM - 10:00AM.  You will be pre-assigned a wave and informed via email of your wave start time at least 3 days before the race.  You cannot switch waves.
  • Face coverings are required during the race when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Sealed water bottles will be available at aid stations 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.

The Course

A scenic, flat and fast USATF certified 5K 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.
USATF course certification NY16032JG

Race Packets

All participants will receive their race shirts and bibs in the mail in advance of the race, to further limit on-site interactions on race-day.  There will be no packet pickup 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 7-10 days before the race.  Please help us by registering early, entering a valid U.S. shipping address, and adding [email protected] to your address book to ensure you receive all notifications.

T-Shirts

Free race T-shirts guaranteed for all participants registered by November 5.

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

Awards

Men’s and Women’s awards categories:

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

All participants are allowed one hour to complete the race, which is about 19 min / mile pace

Age Restrictions

Participants must be 13 years or older as of race-day to compete

Cancellation Policy

We live in uncertain times.  Our event plan and permit have been approved by the Parks Department, and while we expect this race to take place as planned, if we are forced to cancel due to new or modified COVID-19 regulations/restrictions imposed by park officials or city or state governments, the race will be converted to a virtual event.  Registered participants will still receive race shirts and finisher medals in the mail upon completion of the race, and trophies will be mailed to winners as per the awards breakdown above.

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"