Sunday, April 7, 2024 • Queens, NY • Course Map
Set to run as spring is just getting started, the Queens Marathon and Queens Distance Runners (QDR) Half Marathon are two of a number of distance running races held throughout the year in New York’s Flushing Meadows Corona Park, perhaps best-known as the home of the USTA National Tennis Center (where the tennis U.S. Open is played every year) and the site of two World’s Fairs back in the early and mid-20th century.
Much like the Sri Chinmoy Half Marathon that runs in May, the QDR Half takes runners on a winding path along the park’s many roads and trails, which feature names like the Avenue of the Americas, the Avenue of Progress, the Path of Commerce and more.
The race is mostly flat and fast though it features many turns as you make your way through the park, including stretches around Meadow Lake, past the park’s signature Unisphere and the Fountain of the Continents, as well as the Fountain of the Planets, where the “Court of the Universe” is found.
Organizers note that both the full marathon and the half marathon are USATF-certified courses, and the full marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying route.
The route is a 6.55-mile course through the park, which means you’ll run it twice to complete the half marathon and four times to complete the full marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just across the East River from Manhattan, the borough of Queens typically sees weather conditions like the rest of New York City does this time of year, which means temperatures in the mid-40s to the upper 50s.
- April 7 average low temp: 44°F
- April 7 average high temp: 55°F
- $80 and up – half marathon
- $120 and up – full marathon
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2024 running of the Queens Marathon or QDR Half Marathon, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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