Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York

A flat and fast course through scenic Flushing Meadows Park!

Free parking
Scenic, accurately measured USATF certified course
Free race shirt*
Medals for all finishers
Bag Check
Aid stations every mile
Kids Race 8:45AM
Post-race pancake breakfast!

About the event

Join us on Thursday, November 24, 2022, 9AM for the Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K, 10K & Kids Race, featuring a scenic, flat and fast 5K loop around historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Come out and support your park!  All proceeds of this race go to Flushing Meadows Corona 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, and our famous post race pancake breakfast!

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Events

5K or 10K

    • 9:00AM
    • $25 through Oct. 27
    • $30 through Nov. 14
    • $35 through Nov. 22, 12 noon
    • $45 race-day, 7:45-8:30AM CASH ONLY
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Kids Race

    • 8:45AM
    • $3 pre-reserved (use button below)
    • $5 race-day

Contact

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).  Registration also available through RunSignup and Active (processing fees are higher).

Same entry fee for 5K and 10K

$25 through Oct. 27
$30 through Nov. 14
$35 through Nov. 22, 12 noon
$45 race-day 7:45-8:30AM, CASH ONLY

Entries strictly cannot be transferred to another person.

Remember: Register early and save yourself a few bucks, guarantee yourself a race shirt, and make things easier for us!

 

RACE START

9:00AM 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 10K runners.  All runners converge back together again 100 meters after the start.

 

KIDS RACE

Fun for the little ones, too!  There will be a Kids Race at 8:45 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.

Kids Race registration fee is $3 if pre-reserving a spot in advance (use "Kids race reservation" button further up), or $5 if registering for the first time on race-day.  In either case, you will need to pay the fee in cash on race-day, anytime from 8:00 a.m. onward.
Please note that children under 13 are not eligible to run the 5K or 10K.

 

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.  5K = 1 loop, 10K = 2 loops.
USATF course certification NY16032JG, NY16033JG.

 

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. Option available to US addresses only, through Nov. 12.
For runners that do not choose packet shipping, packet pickup is available at the race site between 7:45-8:45AM.

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 Shirts

*Free shirts guaranteed for all participants registered by November 10.
For participants registered after that date, remaining shirts will be available after the race on a first-come first-serve basis.
Shirt sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL

 

BAG CHECK

Bag check will be available at Race-Day Central starting at 7:45AM.  Please use the pre-labeled white bag provided in your race packet.  We cannot accommodate large bags / backpacks, and we cannot be responsible for any valuables.  Thank you for understanding.

 

Awards

Men’s and Women’s awards categories:

For 5K and 10K:
Under 50: Top 7
50-59: Top 3
60-69: Top 2
70 & over: First Place

Medals for all finishers

Awards Ceremony at 9:50 AM for 5K, 10:15 AM for 10K

 

Post-Race Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes are more enjoyable when they are earned, and we're cooking them up fresh for everyone on race-day!

 

Time Limits

5K: 1 hr
10K: 1 hr 30 min

 

Age Restrictions

All participants must be 13 or older to compete in the 5K, 15 or older for the 10K

 

Race Results

Results will be posted by Friday evening.  It turns out our scoring crew are real live people and also enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends!  Thank you for your understanding.

All finishers will be notified when results are available.

 

Course Records

5K:  Men:  15:34 Rich Ryan, Nov. 24, 2022.  Women:  18:51 Micaela Vidal, Nov. 22, 2014

10K:  Men: 35:22 Anthony Pena, Nov. 24, 2022.  Women:  40:11 Mara Kennedy, Nov. 25, 2021

 

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.

 

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"