Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K
A flat and fast course through scenic Flushing Meadows Park!
About the event
The Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K races feature a scenic, flat and fast 5K loop around Flushing Meadows Park!
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, free T-shirt, medals for all finishers, and our famous post-race pancake breakfast!
Men’s and Women’s awards categories:
5K: Overall: Top 7, 50-59: Top 3, 60-69: Top 2, 70 & over: First place
10K: Overall: Top 3, 50-59: Top 2, 60 & over: First place
REGISTRATION & FEES:
Please see details below
- 10:00 am
- $20 Early Registration
- $30 Race-Day (IF AVAILABLE)
- View course map »
- 10:00 am
Registration and Fees
We strongly recommend pre-registering for this event, race-day registration may not be available.
Early registration: 5K: $20, 10K: $30 through November 11 (online or by mail)
Late registration: 5K: $20, 10K: $30 through November 13 (online only)
Race-day registration, IF AVAILABLE: 8:30 - 9:30 AM on race-day. Cash, check, money order ONLY. (Sorry, no credit cards). 5K: $30, 10K: $40. Please check our race webpage on November 20 to see if race-day registration will be offered.
Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
Number pickup will be on race day only, between 8:30-9:30 AM
There will be a kids race for children under 13, at 10:30 a.m. 100 meter and 400 meter distances - depending on the child’s age. Registration - $5 - is on race day only, starting at 9:30 a.m. Each child will receive a small prize. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to enter your child so we can be sure to have enough prizes.
Free race T-shirts guaranteed for all participants registered by November 11.
For participants registered after November 11, remaining T-Shirts will be available after the race on a first-come first-serve basis.
T-Shirt sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL
Men’s and Women’s awards categories:
Under 50: Top 7
50-59: Top 3
60-69: Top 2
70 & over: First place
Under 50: Top 3
50-59: Top 2
60 & over: First place
Medals for all finishers
Awards Ceremony at 10:45 AM for 5K, 11:15 AM for 10K
Post-Race Pancake Breakfast!
Hot pancakes are even more enjoyable after you’ve run a race, and we’re cooking them up fresh for everyone on race day! (yes, of course they're free!)
Participants in either race have until 11:30 AM (1-1/2 hours) to finish.
5K: 13 years or older
10K: 15 years or older
There is a large parking lot (free parking) right next to the race staging area. By far the easiest way to get there is by using Google Maps navigation: Click to open race-day registration location on Google Maps, or type in "Meadowlark Circle, Queens, NY 11375"
We do NOT recommend using other navigation apps, including Apple Maps, Waze, etc., as most of them will take you to the wrong location in another part of the park, or on the wrong side of the expressway. (Flushing Meadows is a VERY BIG park)
Below are written driving directions if you’d like to navigate the old-fashioned way. 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:
1. Take exit 22A-E Grand Central Parkway/678 Van Wyck Expressway
2. After 0.1 mi, stay left towards East 495 Long Island Expressway/678 Van Wyck Expressway (Don’t take the Grand Central Parkway!)
3. After 0.3 mi, stay in the middle lane to take Exit 22E College Pt. Blvd. (Don’t take the Van Wyck Expressway!)
4. After 0.2 mi, turn left at the traffic light onto College Pt. Blvd.
5. After 0.7 mi, turn left at the second traffic light. (smaller street, no name)
6. After 150 ft, turn left (no street name)
7. 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)
8. After 0.1 mi, (at the first stop sign) turn left onto Meadow Lake Rd. W
IMPORTANT: Please obey 10 MPH speed limit inside the park!
9. After 0.2 mi, (passing underneath several expressway overpasses) stay to the right at the fork, and then keep right.
10. After 0.3 mi (just after passing underneath another overpass) the parking lot entrance is on your left.
The race staging area is beyond the far side of the parking lot, near Meadowlark Circle.
FROM WESTBOUND LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY:
Take exit 22B toward 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), then follow the directions from step 7 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway (above).
FROM WESTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY (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, then follow the directions from step 3 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway (above).
FROM EASTBOUND GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY (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, then follow directions from step 3 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway (above).
FROM THE NORTHBOUND VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY
Take exit 12A College Pt. Blvd./Long Is Expwy/Eastern Long Is
After 0.5 mi, bear left at the fork onto College Pt. Blvd.
after 0.8 mi, turn left at the third traffic light (unnamed road), then follow directions from step 6 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway above.
FROM THE SOUTHBOUND VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY
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, follow directions from step 7 of the Eastbound Long Island Expressway above.
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
About the Organisers
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Serving the running community for over 35 years...
Team Founder Sri Chinmoy
A lifelong advocate of fitness and self-transcendence...