2019 United Airlines NYC Half: Race-Day Essentials

2019 United Airlines NYC Half: Race-Day Essentials

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In less than a month, you’ll be part of a field of some 25,000 runners at the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half. 

This year’s edition, which kicks off the 2019 NYRR Five-Borough Series, features some exciting changes. You’ll start your 13.1-mile race in one iconic location—Brooklyn’s Prospect Park—and finish in another—world-famous Central Park.  

Confirmation forms were made available to runners on Wednesday, February 20. Forms, which contain your corral assignments, can be downloaded from your NYRR account. Before the big day, please familiarize yourself with these race-day logistics to help ensure a smooth start, journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan, and finish.  

Getting to the Start 

The staging area—greatly expanded from 2018—is at the Nethermead in Prospect Park, and will have three entry points: Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Road, Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest, and 16th Street on Prospect Park Southwest. Check out the start map

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Public Transportation 

We strongly recommend you take public transportation to the start. If you’re in Wave 1, 2, or 3, please take the F or G train to 15th Street-Prospect Park or Fort Hamilton Parkway. If you’re in Wave 4 or 5, please take the Q or S to Prospect Park.  

Note: If you are in Waves 1-3 and you plan to check a bag, but you exit the subway at Parkside Avenue, you will have to walk approximately one mile to bag check. If you are in Waves 4-5 and you plan to check a bag, but you exit the subway at 15th Street-Prospect Park or Fort Hamilton Parkway, you will have to walk approximately one mile to bag check. Please use the recommended transportation options to avoid congestion.   

Visit mta.info/weekender for transportation updates. 

Car/Taxi-Ride-Share 

Car/taxi drop-off for runners in Waves 1-3 is at 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest; for runners in Waves 4-5, it’s at Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Road.  

There is no parking at the start. If you plan to drive, park in Lower Manhattan and take public transportation to the start. 

Please be aware that Flatbush Avenue and Grand Army Plaza are part of the race course and will be closed on race morning for set-up. 

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Start Timelines and Bag Check 

New this year, the United Airlines NYC Half will have five wave starts and two bag-check areas—on Wellhouse Drive for Waves 1-3 and in the Smorgasburg parking lot for Waves 4-5. Review the start timeline and start area map to plan your morning. 

You’ll check your bag by handing it to an NYRR staff member at your bib-range zone; you’ll then go through security screening.  
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Please adhere to the bag-check close time for your assigned wave; if you miss the close time you will not be able to enter your corral on time and will have to start in the next wave. All runners must pass through metal detector screening.  

Goodwill bins will be located in the start corrals for you to deposit extra layers of clothing before you run. 

Wave 1 Timeline 

Runners will be assigned a navy colored bib, stating Wave 1 on it. Corrals are labeled AA-H.  

If you are in Wave 1, you’ll drop off your bag at ZONE 1 (Bibs 1–9999). Please look for signs stating zones and bib ranges when you get to the bag check area at the start. 

Plan your travel to arrive at the start by 6:15 a.m.  

  • Bag check opens 5:30 a.m. 

  • Bag check closes 6:50 a.m. 

  • Corrals open 7:00 a.m. 

  • Corrals close 7:25 a.m. 

  • Start 7:30 a.m. 


Wave 2 Timeline
 

Wave 2 runners, please note the small window of time to enter your corrals. Runners will be assigned a lime colored bib, stating Wave 2 on it. Corrals are labeled A-D.  

If you are in Wave 2, you’ll drop off your bag at ZONE 2 (Bibs 10100-20999). Please look for signs stating zones and bib ranges when you get to the bag check area at the start. 

Plan your travel to arrive at the start by 6:35 a.m.  

  • Bag check opens 5:30 a.m. 

  • Bag check closes 7:10 a.m. 

  • Corrals open 7:40 a.m. 

  • Corrals close 7:45 a.m. 

  • Start 7:50 a.m. 

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Wave 3 Timeline 

Runners will be assigned a bright blue colored bib, stating Wave 3 on it. Corrals are labeled A-D.  

If you are in Wave 3, you’ll drop off your bag at ZONE 2 (Bibs 10100-20999). Please look for signs stating zones and bib ranges when you get to the bag check area at the start. 

Plan your travel to arrive at the start by 6:55 a.m. 

  • Bag check opens 5:30 a.m. 

  • Bag check closes 7:30 a.m. 

  • Corrals open 7:50 a.m. 

  • Corrals close 8:05 a.m. 

  • Start 8:10 a.m. 

 
Wave 4 Timeline 

Runners will be assigned a purple colored bib, stating Wave 4 on it. Corrals are labeled A-D.  

If you are in Wave 4, you’ll drop off your bag at ZONE 3 (Bibs 21000-31499). Please look for signs stating zones and bib ranges when you get to the bag check area at the start. 

Plan your travel to arrive at the start by 7:15 a.m. 

  • Bag check opens 5:30 a.m. 

  • Bag check closes 7:50 a.m. 

  • Corrals open 8:10 a.m. 

  • Corrals close 8:25 a.m. 

  • Start 8:30 a.m. 


Wave 5 Timeline
 

Runners will be assigned a grey colored bib, stating Wave 5 on it. Corrals are labeled A-D.  

If you are in Wave 5, you’ll drop off your bag at ZONE 3 (Bibs 21000-31499). Please look for signs stating zones and bib ranges when you get to the bag check area at the start. 

Plan your travel to arrive at the start by 7:30 a.m.  

  • Bag check opens 5:30 a.m. 

  • Bag check closes 8:05 a.m. 

  • Corrals open 8:30 a.m. 

  • Corrals close 8:40 a.m. 

  • Start 8:45 a.m. 

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Plan Your Post-Finish 

New this year, you’ll finish on West Drive just north of Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Your post-race walk-off—shorter than in 2018—will take you south on West Drive and out of the park at Columbus Circle.  

Claim your checked bag on Central Park West between 60th and 62nd streets and reunite with your family at a location outside of Central Park. Family Reunion (Central Park West between 62nd and 65th streets) is an option, though you should expect crowding. 

 
Post-Race Transportation 

  • A/C/D/1 at Columbus Circle 

  • D/E at 7th Avenue 

  • F at 57th Street 

  • N/Q/R at 57th Street/7th Avenue 

Visit mta.info/weekender for updates. 

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