Several years ago, I had the chance to run the New York Road Runners’ New York City Half Marathon, which was run for the first time in the spring after years of being scheduled in July.
It was pretty cold that day, but the experience was unforgettable — I describe it here — for all the reasons you can imagine: running through Central Park, and later through Times Square to the finish at Battery Park, with thousands of spectators along the route.
The only thing is that race now sells out in hours every year. So what’s a runner to do? Well, as I found out researching races for the site, there’s plenty more where the NYC Half came from.
More than 25,000 runners take to the streets of Brooklyn for this race, which unfolds through many of Brooklyn’s most famous sights and attractions, including Prospect Park, the New York Aquarium and the Coney Island boardwalk.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
From the starting line at Brooklyn’s Shore Road Park, you’ll follow a fast and flat route under the Verrazano Bridge out to see the Manhattan skyline across the New York harbor.
Sunday, June 3, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
The first of three 13.1-milers in the “Rockapulco Run” series, this half runs the boardwalk along this beach in Queens, starting from The Community House on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 • Rockaway Beach, NY
Organized by Du City Tri Runs, this double-loop course starts and finishes at the American Veterans Memorial Pier in Brooklyn and runs along the Shore Road Promenade.
Sunday, June 17, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
The second race in the “Rockapulco Run” series of halfs that unfold along the boardwalk at Queens’ Rockaway Beach, this half also starts at The Community House on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 • Rockaway Beach, NY
The third and final half marathon in the “Rockapulco Run” series, like its two counterparts earlier in the summer, follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at The Community House.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 • Rockaway Beach, NY
Run as summer is giving way to fall at Coney Island, this half takes runners on a triple-loop course along the famed Riegelmann Boardwalk, a fast and pancake-flat race that offers the chance to run along the beachfront.
Sunday, September 9, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
Considered an excellent course for setting a personal record time as well as a great race to tune up for the New York City Marathon that takes place just a month later, this race starts and finishes at Brooklyn’s 69th Street Pier.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
The only race that unfolds along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, set on the historic East River waterfront in Brooklyn, this race features views of the iconic Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
Scheduled just a few weeks before the legendary New York City Marathon, the Staten Island Half is a perfect tune-up for the event and takes runners past fabulous views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 • Staten Island, NY
Set for its second annual running this fall, the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon adds the half marathon distance for the first time in 2018, along a newly-designed course that will unfold in Brooklyn’s iconic Prospect Park.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 • Brooklyn, NY
The full marathon at this autumn event owns a special place in U.S. road race history, as it’s one of the oldest continuously operating marathons in the country — it was run for the first time in 1907, making it the nation’s second-oldest after the Boston Marathon.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Yonkers, NY
You’ll make two and a half loops through Central Park before crossing the finish line next to the conservatory garden in the northeast corner of the park, and organizers say it’s one of their most sought-after race medals.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 • New York, NY
Named in honor of the former NYRR president and co-founder of November’s annual New York City Marathon, this race unfolds along two loops around Central Park, bordered by the skyscrapers of Central Park West all around.
January • Central Park, NY
Perhaps the most sought-after of all NYC halfs, this race organized by the New York Road Runners marks its 10th anniversary in 2016, with a course that starts in Central Park and finishes just blocks from Batter Park in Lower Manhattan.
March • New York, NY
Set for its 16th annual running next year, this race features the NYRR partnering with Shape Magazine to take runners on a gorgeous looping run entirely within Central Park, for a race that quickly sells out every year.
April • Central Park, NY