What's Happening at the NYRR RUNCENTER During Race Week?

What's Happening at the NYRR RUNCENTER During Race Week?

United Airlines NYC Half race week has arrived, and while you'll need to visit the United Airlines NYC Half Experience Presented by New Balance to pick up your race number, we've also got a full slate of programs for you to enjoy at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub.

Here's a look at what we'll be offering both before and after your run.


Throughout Race Week

New Balance Test Run
Stop by the New Balance Run Hub anytime during the week to test out a pair of the newly relaunched NB 890. Leave your ID with a member of the Run Hub staff and you can take a pair out for a spin in Central Park, thanks to New Balance's Test Run initiative.

New Balance Heat Press
Have you seen the official United Airlines NYC Half participant shirt?

If you haven't, then **SPOILER ALERT**, here it is:

You can customize your shirt with the New Balance Heat Press on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, so that spectators across all 13.1 miles can cheer for you by name on race day.

NYRR Storytelling Booth

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Record your United Airlines NYC Half story with our video booth. Before race day, capture your thoughts on how your training has gone, or stop by after the race to tell us how your run went.

Once you've finished, you'll receive an email with your video to share with your friends, plus you'll be entered to win a $500 United Airlines voucher or a guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half!*

*Terms and conditions apply.


Friday, March 16
NYRR RUNTalk: Allie Kieffer on Running and Body Image

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Allie Kieffer, the fifth-place finisher from the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, will be back to discuss the current state of body image in running with SELF magazine Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Kylstra.

Ahead of the talk, you can read Kieffer's story from SELF magazine, titled "My Weight Has Nothing to Do with How Good a Runner I Am."

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Saturday, March 17
NYRR RUNTalk en Español: Los Corredores Latinos del United Airlines NYC Half

Get tickets for the first-ever RUNTalk presented entirely in Spanish, featuring athletes running the United Airlines NYC Half. Hear stories from a panel of runners that includes:

  • Madaí Pérez, a two-time Mexican Olympian
  • Rafael Botello Jimenez, a two-time Paralympian from Spain
  • Javier Escobar, a former Mexican national team baseball player
  • Genesis Suero, a Harlem resident from the Dominican Republic who was named Miss New York 2018

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Sunday, March 18
United Airlines NYC Half Medal Engraving

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The race doesn't have to end in Central Park—continue on to the NYRR RUNCENTER, where NYRR members and myNB Rewards Gold Members can have their medal engraved beginning at 10:00 a.m.

While there, shop for official 2018 United Airlines NYC Half finisher apparel from New Balance. Get a sneak peek at the collection and prepare to show off some new gear after your 13.1.

NYRR coaches will be on hand as well, ready to discuss your race as you rehydrate with our water station chats.

Medal engraving will also be available on Monday, March 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pro Wheelchair Athlete Josh George on Giving Back to His Sport

Pro Wheelchair Athlete Josh George on Giving Back to His Sport

The New Balance 890 Is Back—and Ready for the United Airlines NYC Half

The New Balance 890 Is Back—and Ready for the United Airlines NYC Half