Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K

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
Post-race pancake breakfast!
Free parking

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

10K: Under 50: Top 3, 50-59: Top 2, 60 & over: First place

REGISTRATION & FEES:
Please see details below

Previous Results

Events

5 K

10 K

Kids Race

    • 9:45 a.m.
    • $2 - Race-Day only

Contact

Boijayanti or Suchitra
516.710.8084
Send Email

Certification

  • USATF Certified Course #NY16032JG & #NY16033JG

RACE DETAILS

Registration and Fees

Register Online through RedPodium or Active.  Processing fee applies (RedPodium has a lower fee)
Register by mail: Download entry form.  Entry must be received by Nov. 10.

Early registration: 5K: $20, 10K: $30 through November 11 (online or by mail)
Late registration:  5K: $20, 10K: $30 from November 11 through November 16 (online only) (t-shirts not guaranteed)  
Race-day registration: 5K: $30, 10K: $40.  8:30 - 9:30 AM on race-day.  Cash, check, money order ONLY. (Sorry, no credit cards).  

Kids Race: please see details below

Entries cannot be transferred to another person.

GROUP DISCOUNTS:

10% registration discounts are available for groups of 5, and 20% discounts for groups of 10 or more.  For mail-in applications seeking to qualify for group discounts, please send your applications in a single envelope. 

Groups seeking a group discount via online registration, you may set up a Team Registration account on Active.

Once your group of 5 or more entries, or 10 or more entries, has registered online, write to us at nyswimrun@srichinmoyraces.org, or call us at 516-710-8084.

We will then send out a VIP Group Invitation wherein the 10% or 20% discount will be applied to the entire group on active.com, and your registration fee will be updated to reflect the discount. 

To set up your Group Registration on active, please click on this link: https://www.active.com/queens-ny/running/distance-running-races/sri-chinmoy-thanksgiving-day-5k-10k-at-flushing-meadows-2018.  

Also, we will honor group discounts should a group wish to sign up on the day of the race. While not required, we encourage you to write to us or call us and let us know that your group will be coming in advance.

Number Pickup

Number pickup will be on race day only, between 8:30-9:30 AM

Kids Race

There will be a kids race for children under 13, at 9:45 a.m.  Maximum 400 meters - distances will depend on the age and number of participants. Registration is $2 and is on race day only, starting at 9:00 a.m. Each child will be issued there own race bib number and receive a small prize. Please email nyswimrun@srichinmoyraces.org if you plan to enter your child so we can be sure to have enough prizes.

T-Shirts

Free race T-shirts guaranteed for all participants registered by November 10.
For participants registered from November 10 to November 16, 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

Awards

Men’s and Women’s awards categories:

5K:
Under 50: Top 7
50-59: Top 3
60-69: Top 2
70 & over: First place

10K:
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!)

Time Limits

Participants in either race have until 11:30 am (1-1/2 hours) to finish.

Age Restrictions

5K: 13 years or older
10K: 15 years or older

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 - right next to the race staging area

** IMPORTANT ** IMPORTANT **

** Due to major construction in the area of Flushing Meadows Park north of Meadow Lake, currently the only route to the parking lot next to "Race-Day Central" is to enter the Meadow Lake section of the park from Meridian Rd **

The easiest option is to use this google map link to take you to the intersection of Meridian Rd. & Meadow Lake Rd. West (inside the park), and then follow these written directions:

1. From the intersection, 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.  (Ignore the orange "entrance closed due to construction" sign, if it is still there)

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.

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 the intersection of Meridian Rd. & Meadow Lake Rd. West, then follow the written directions above 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 top 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 top 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 top 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 top 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 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)

·      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 top of this section (1, 2, 3)


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 at top of this section (1, 2, 3)


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", but DON'T use GPS to try to navigate directly there, it may try to send you through one of the park entrances that are currently closed.