New York City Half Marathon

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New York City Half Marathon
NYC Half Marathon - Aug '06.jpg
Runners going through Times Square in the inaugural New York City Half Marathon in 2006.
Date March
Location New York City
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 2006; 10 years ago (2006)
Course records 59:24 (men)
1:08:31 (women)
Official site

The New York City Half Marathon (branded as the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon) is an annual half marathon road running race. It passes through famous landmarks such as Central Park and Times Square. The New York Road Runners administers the race.


The course starts with a clockwise 6.2-mile (10 km) loop around hilly Central Park.[1] The course then flattens and goes along Seventh Avenue to Times Square, where it follows 42nd Street to the West Side Highway, adjacent to the Hudson River. The race finishes near Battery Park[2] at the southern tip of Manhattan.


Numerous world class runners have participated in the race, including marathon record holders Haile Gebrselassie[3] and Paula Radcliffe, Olympic marathon medalists Catherine Ndereba,[4] Meb Keflezighi,[5] and Deena Kastor,[6] 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner Dathan Ritzenhein,[7] and American half marathon record holder Ryan Hall.[8]

Gebrselassie set the men's course record in 2007 championship, with a time of 59:24.[3][9] On March 16, 2014, Sally Kipyego set the women's record with a time of 1:08:31.[10]

In its earlier years, the event was run on various dates in the summer; in 2010, it was moved to March. The 2010 race had a field of 14,821 registered runners and 11,604 finishers. [11] Mary Wittenberg, president of the NYRR, said in 2010 that she expects a possible growth of over 20,000 participants in future years.[12]

In October 8, 2014, United Airlines, which was the sponsor of much of the New York Road Runners races, becomes the title sponsor of the NYC Half Marathon.[13]


Runners passing the Park Central Hotel, Seventh Avenue (2008).
Passing Port Authority Bus Terminal in 2013.

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Date Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2006 August 27  Nyariki, TomTom Nyariki (KEN) 1:01:22  Ndereba, CatherineCatherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:09:43
2nd 2007 August 5  Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie (ETH) 59:24  Kibet, HildaHilda Kibet (NED) 1:10:32
3rd 2008 July 27  Tola, TadeseTadese Tola (ETH) 1:00:58  Ndereba, CatherineCatherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:10:19
4th 2009 August 16  Tola, TadeseTadese Tola (ETH) 1:01:06  Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:09:45
5th 2010 March 21  Kamais, PeterPeter Kamais (KEN) 59:52  Yamauchi, MaraMara Yamauchi (GBR) 1:09:17
6th 2011 March 20  Farah, MoMo Farah (GBR) 1:00:23  Rotich, CarolineCaroline Rotich (KEN) 1:08:52
7th 2012 March 18  Kirui, PeterPeter Kirui (KEN) 59:39  Dado, FirehiwotFirehiwot Dado (ETH) 1:08:35
8th 2013 March 17  Kipsang, WilsonWilson Kipsang (KEN) 1:01:02  Rotich, CarolineCaroline Rotich (KEN) 1:09:09
9th 2014 March 16  Mutai, GeoffreyGeoffrey Mutai (KEN) 1:00:50  Kipyego, SallySally Kipyego (KEN) 1:08:31
10th 2015 March 15  Korir, LeonardLeonard Korir (KEN) 1:01:06  Huddle, MollyMolly Huddle (USA) 1:08:31

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Monti, David (2009). "NYC Half-Marathon Confirmed for August 16". Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ Hanc, John (July 24, 2008). "Fitness – When It Comes to Marathons, Half May Be Better Than Whole". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "10,000 Runners for NYC Half-Marathon". WABC-TV. August 14, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Familiar Champions Shine at the NYC Half-Marathon". New York Road Runners. August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "NYC Half Marathon 2006 – Inaugural Run". Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Paula Radcliffe to Continue Recovery in New York Half Marathon". The Guardian. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Running 'Ritz' Takes 3rd in NYC Half-Marathon". Daily Camera. July 28, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Radcliffe's NYC Win Boosts World Title Bid". CNN. August 16, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ Freeman, Rick (August 5, 2007). "Haile Gebrselassie Wins NYC Half Marathon to Keep Unbeaten Record". USA Today. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Geoffrey Mutai and Sally Kipyego Triumph at NYC Half". March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kamais, Yamauchi Win at NYC Half Marathon". WABC-TV. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ Denman, Elliott (March 17, 2010). "NYC Half-Marathon: Humble Beginning, Grand Plans". Universal Sports. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Official website