Archive for the ‘Half-marathon’ Category

Video: 2013 NYC Half Lead Men

March 17, 2013

Wilson Kipsang comfortably in the lead on West Street at Chambers Street.

NYC has a chance to host the 2012 World Half-Marathon Championship

March 17, 2010

According to the IAAF, a letter of intent has been received for NYC to host the 2012 World Half-Marathon Championship. From the IAAF Website: “Letters of intent have been received from New York City and Karnava Bulgaria, and a decision is expected in November 2010.” That’s great news. Since NYC was denied the men’s Olympic marathon trials for the 2012 Olympics. I recommend everyone that would want NYC host the 2012 World Half-Marathon Championship write the IAAF. Karnava, Bulgaria? Come on. Karnava, Bulgaria doesn’t even appear on Google maps. NYC is the greatest place for running!

Manhattan Half-Marathon

January 22, 2010

Sunday January 24 8:00 AM

This Sunday the Manhattan Half-Marathon is the first stop in the NYRR Half-Marathon Series. There appear to be some changes to the half-marathon series for 2010. It appears NYRR has dropped the Half_Marathon Grand Prix from the event series title this year. The race is called the Manhattan Half on the souvenir t-shirt. Another decade passes and NYRR has changed the name of the event once again. At least they are consistent.

The weather at race time will be in the high-30s and overcast. There is a chance of rain in the morning with a storm approaching from the West.

Happy running!

NYC Half-Marathon Lottery Opens Today at Noon

December 1, 2009

The NYC Half-Marathon which has been run in the Summer has been moved to March 21. Moving the race to March 21 by NYRR is to better assist runners by staging the race in a cooler time of the year. NYRR also hopes to attract more of the world’s top runners to use the NYC Half-Marathon as a tune-up race for the upcoming London and Boston marathons.

The NYC Half-Marathon entry application will be available December 1 at noon.

Guaranteed entry for Runners who meet the following qualifying time standards* on any certified course:
Open (Age 18-39)**    Masters (Age 40+)**
Marathon   Half-Marathon     Marathon    Half-Marathon
Men        2:55:00      1:23:00                 3:10:00        1:30:00
Women  3:23:00      1:37:00                  3:38:00        1:44:00

Veterans (Age 50+)**               Veterans (Age 60+)**
Marathon   Half-Marathon        Marathon    Half-Marathon
Men            3:30:00      1:40:00                     3:45:00      1:48:00
Women      3:52:00      1:50:00                      4:13:00     2:00:30

There is also guaranteed entry through charity programs and National Travel Partner.

Processing Fee
US $5
This fee is required for all applicants. This payment is non-refundable and will be processed when we receive your application.

Entry Fee
NYRR Members*: US $79
Non-Members Domestic: US $90

Non-Members Int’l (including Canada and Puerto Rico): US $150

Good luck!

Race Report: NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon 2009

October 11, 2009


A runner could not have asked for a more beautiful Fall morning for the Staten Island Half-Marathon. The race had attracted 3,983 participants for the challenge of completing the 13.1 mile course. The top male finisher was Jorge Real (WSX) 1:10:04 and the first female finisher was Madeleine Zolfo 1:23:46. Madeline traveled all the way from Treasure Island, FL for the race.

The temperature was a very cool when I got the Staten Island Ferry. It’s getting to be that time of year when the mornings are colder in New York. At this race I had the opportunity to be in the VIP tent. I am very grateful for having the opportunity. It kicks ass. The best part of it is that you have access to a VIP port-o-john. I was able to enjoy the VIP tent for a little while before the race. But I was looking forward to doing my warm-up to make the the chill go away. I remembered to bring my sunglasses to the race. It was a good thing too, because it was very sunny.

The half-marathon course was familiar territory since I had grown up in Rosebank. The potholes and hills weren’t anything new for me. It’s a fast course overall. Long and open stretches of road. Running down the hill at Lilly Pond Ave into Father Capodanno Blvd had help take a few seconds off of my time. I managed to run a 1:35:35. That’s 3:50 faster than the Queens Half last month. I felt strong the second half of the race with a strong finish. I had to move to the middle of the road to run by the other runners. It must be running the hills that makes me a strong finisher.

The course was long again according to my Garmin Forerunner 305. The watch calculated the distance of the course to be 13.28 miles. The race official say the course is certified. So I it makes me think if I am running the course the right way. But I was following the person in front of me like the announcer had said to before the race.

For some reason I was a little slow for miles three and four. I don’t know why? It was flat and should have been faster.

The one thing I have to gripe about is how poorly the volunteers were handing out the water at some of the aid stations. Pay attention.

I love the thrill of finishing a half-marathon. I can’t wait for the next season. I am planning to run all five boroughs next year.

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Course

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Course

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Ascending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Ascending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Descending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Descending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Flat

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Flat

Maps made with SportTracks.

Upcoming Race: NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon

October 7, 2009

halfmarathongrandprixSunday October 11 8:30 AM

NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon
Staten Island, NY

This upcoming Sunday Staten Island will be final stop on NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix series. It also means I get to run through the neighborhood I grew up in. I’d like to thank Continental Airlines for granting me VIP tent access. Myself getting VIP treatment has nothing to do with this stupid blog. Trust me. Here are the race details.

Staten Island Half Marathon Course Map

Start and Finish Layout – Staten Island Half Marathon

Upcoming Race: Grete’s Great Gallop 13.1M / Norway Run 1.7M

September 29, 2009

NorwegianFlagSaturday October 3 8:15 AM / 9:00 AM

Central Park
New York, NY

The land of sparkling fjords, Jarlsberg cheese, nine-time New York City Marathon champion Grete Waitz, and all things Norwegian is celebrated on this delightful day! The events include running, walking, Norwegian food, and entertainment.
Which Race?

Individuals must choose one event. No matter which race you registered for, your race number will allow you to run either the Norway Run or Grete’s Great Gallop, but not both.
Grete’s Great Gallop / Norway Run Courses

Norway Run
1.7M – 8:15 am

Start on Central Park’s West Drive by Tavern on the Green and head north.

Turn right / east on 72nd Transverse, turn right / south on East Drive and continue around the lower end of the park to the finish on West Drive by Tavern on the Green.

Grete’s Great Gallop
13.1M – 9:00 am

Start on Central Park’s East Drive at 70th Street and head south. Complete two clockwise loops of the park. After the second lap, continue around the lower end of the park to the finish on West Drive by Tavern on the Green.

Number Pickup /Registration

Entrants are required to pick up their numbers, scoring tags, and race souvenirs in advance at NYRR, 9 East 89th Street, on:

• Thursday, October 1, 1:00 -7:00 p.m.
• Friday, October 2, 1:00 -7:00 p.m.

Near the start at the registration tent on Saturday, October 3:

• Norway Run, 6:45 – 7:45 a.m.
• Grete’s Great Gallop, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
• Troll Stroll, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.


Upcoming Race: 16th Annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon

September 23, 2009

newport7475 Sunday, September 27th, 2009

USATF-NJ Open Men’s & Women’s Half-Marathon Championship
USATF-NJ Master’s Half Marathon Championship




Registration from 6:30 to 8:15 am in Newport Town Square, 100 Town Square Place, Jersey City. Arrive early. Free parking is available in the North Garage at 561 Washington Blvd. (Enter on Washington Boulevard, see parking information in Directions).

Packet and t-shirt pickup at The Newport Swim & Fitness Center, 33 River Drive South, Jersey City. Follow Signs.

Official Newport Liberty Half Marathon Running Store: Runner’s High.
Pre-register at Runner’s High (Newport and Metuchen locations) 201-626-6220 or

Sunday, September 27th, 2009
6:30 a.m.
Race Start:
8:30 a.m.

Newport, Jersey City, NJ Click here for directions

Prizes: $3,000 in prize money Click here for more details

Sponsor: T-Shirts courtesy of Nautica

Race Divisions:
Runners competing for USATF prize money if eligible members, and for awards and additional prizes in the following age groups: 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & Over

Jersey City Medical Center

Race Organizer: On Your Mark Productions

Race Report: Queens Half-Marathon

September 20, 2009

Queens Half Marathon Course Red 9-20-2009It was a beautiful Sunday morning for the Queens Half-Marathon. The official temperature at race time was 65 degrees with clear skies and a bright Sun rising in the East. This year’s race had attracted 5, 072 participants (Men – 2,852 Women – 2,220 ) jamming into the narrow streets of College Point.

Hector Rivera (NYAC) was the top overall male finisher finishing in 1:10:51 and Veronica Clemens clocked a 1:26:55 to win the top prize for the women.

I was one of the many that had purchased a bus ticket from New York Road Runners to College Point. It was a great service for them to provide. It’s been a while since I had ridden in a bouncy school bus. It had brought back memories of High School track years.

We had arrived at the park around 5:10 AM. It was dark and cool. It was a good thing I had dressed warm. I was anxious to start warming up. Since I don’t start warming up until an hour before a race, I had forty minutes to sit around and freeze.

The runners I was sitting with in the park were in good spirits. By 5:30 AM we had all agreed were never doing the Queens Half-Marathon ever again.

After warming up, changing into flats and race gear, I started to make my way to the corrals. That’s when I got a glimpse of the high turn out for the half-marathon.

This was my first Queens Half-Marathon so I wasn’t prepared for the scene after the start of the race. There were just runners clogging the little horse-and-buggy streets of College Point. Runners were going onto the sidewalks to get up front. I stayed towards the middle of the road and did not attempt to fight the crowd. My first and second mile times were abysmal as a result of the congestion.

The one thing every runner will remember about the Queens Half-Marathon is not the scenery, or the parrots. It’s the turns. The Queens Half-Marathon is one crooked course. Turn, after turn, after turn. There was a point early in the race when I made a turn and got a glimpse of the bright Sun. That’s when I had wished I was wearing my Scott sunglasses. It should have hit me was planning for the race if I was running a race at 7:00 AM going East there will be a big bright rising Sun in my face.

The roads are what you expect in NYC suburbs. The streets are rough with lots of manholes in the wrong places. Like manholes placed where you need to turn.

There were quite a few hills. The hills didn’t bother me too much. Being that I run Central Park and Prospect Park every week gives me my taste of hills. But, there is one big hill during mile 12 that took me by surprise. I remember I was running great and looking to take it in. Then after a turn, there was a hill. The type of hill that made all of the runners around me and myself start to curse. I climbed that hill like a trooper.

Even with the hills there were some flat areas where you could get a good pace going. The last 1+ mile was flat and appreciated.

The one thing that is still bugging me is the fact my Garmin Forerunner 305 recorded the race at 13.4 miles. It’s never that far off. Maybe by 0.05 at most. After the race I had a conversation with one of the NYRR staff about it. He said the course is certified at 13.1. He even said some people said it was short. I said “I’d like to meet those people.”

I had a great race. It actually felt like fun. I never once became anxious for the race to be over. It felt like it went by fast too. After this race I am very excited about running the Staten Island Half-Marathon!




NYRR Queens Half-Marathon Tomorrow!

September 19, 2009

queenshalfwhI’m running the Queens Half-Marathon tomorrow. It feels good to finally have a chance to get out and run a race like this after months of training. Last week I ran the Fitness 4 mile in Central Park as a tune up race. I had a decent race. Even with my right shoe coming untied 3/4 mile into the race. So I am going to make sure my shoes are tied correctly before the start of tomorrow’s race. So I’ll be getting on one of the sixteen buses leaving for Queens after 4AM from NYRR HQ.