Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
3.4
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.1
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.4
SWAG
3.1
NYCRUNS saves the best for last with their classic winter half: the NYCRUNS Big Apple Half Marathon, formerly known as the Frozen Bonsai Half. If you haven’t raced in Central Park in winter you’re in for an off-season treat. You’d never know that the clogged streets of 5th avenue and … MORE
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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I always enjoy running this race. It's 2.5 loops of Central Park so it's definitely hilly, but it's well organized and the medal is always nice. This year's medal had … MORE

    I always enjoy running this race. It’s 2.5 loops of Central Park so it’s definitely hilly, but it’s well organized and the medal is always nice. This year’s medal had a unique design to look like a subway mosaic. They also gave out buffs at the finish line with the logo for their Brooklyn Marathon.

    They also offer fruit, bagels, and hot cocoa at the finish.

    This year’s weather was gorgeous. Chilly while waiting for the race to start, but perfect once we got going. Sunny and in the 30s.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    kmusheno FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course: Great course doing 2 1/2 laps around Central Park. Some long declines with one substantial uphill stretch on the two full laps (not present on the 1/2 lap). I … MORE

    Course: Great course doing 2 1/2 laps around Central Park. Some long declines with one substantial uphill stretch on the two full laps (not present on the 1/2 lap). I feel like we got lucky with the weather… cold at the start only to warm up during the race but then cold again once heart rate fell post-race.

    Support: Plenty of aid stations but they needed more volunteers. Post-race refreshments were good however.

    Management: Pre-race was a bit of a mess. Bag check/bib pickup was ~ 8 city blocks away from the start line which made things confusing/chaotic. Long lines for race day packet pickup. Also, poor form to allow a politician to give a pre-race political rant disguised as a pep up speech.

    Swag: Finisher medal and long sleeve cotton tee

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've run this race at least 4 times now. It's not the most exciting race--you do almost 3 laps of the upper portion of Central Park. But it is convenient, … MORE

    I’ve run this race at least 4 times now. It’s not the most exciting race–you do almost 3 laps of the upper portion of Central Park. But it is convenient, well run, and a good way to get a training run in that ends with getting a medal!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my third time running this particular race. It's a decent race to finish out the year. Central Park is hilly (this route has you going up Cat Hill … MORE

    This is my third time running this particular race. It’s a decent race to finish out the year. Central Park is hilly (this route has you going up Cat Hill 3x and Harlem Hill 2x). NYCRuns races are smaller in scale than NYRR. The race production has definitely improved over the years (it was not uncommon for NYCRuns races to start late and to be a bit chaotic). Long sleeve white technical shirt and decent medal are the swag. Packet pick-up is only 6 hours long on Friday in a store near Union Square. Other options are to pick up on race day and/or have the bib mailed to you (for a fee. The t-shirt would need to be picked up on race day). There is plenty of water and Gatorade and a decent number of port-o-potties.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my first time running this race since the name change and the course change. It is now about 2.5 loops of Central Park. This means that you run … MORE

    This was my first time running this race since the name change and the course change. It is now about 2.5 loops of Central Park. This means that you run up Harlem Hill twice and Cat Hill 3 times. The course used to start and end basically in the same place, but now the finish area is in the same place, but the start is about a quarter mile down on 96th street, which is a super easy walk.

    When registering, there was an option to have your bib mailed to you (you’d still have to get the shirt at the race), there was pre race packet pickup, or you could pick up your packet before the race (which I did and was super easy and not crowded). Bag check is super easy (and again uncrowded). It’s well organized and you can basically check any type of bag you want.

    The course itself was hilly, but Central Park is always pretty and you got a thorough tour of it with the exception of the southern tip of the park. There were about 3 water stops, which when you figure the course is 2.5 loops, works out to a water stop roughly every 1.5 miles or so that had both water and gatorade.

    The shirts this year were white (boo), but long sleeve tech shirts with this year’s logo which was an apple on its side with a bite out of the top having the skyline in it with a worm coming out of the apple. The medal is good quality and a good size with a printed ribbon. Post race, ever runner also got a heat sheet and the food/drink options were water/gatorade, apples, bananas, bagels (assorted types with cream cheese/butter if you wanted), and hot chocolate!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Mother Nature added to the scenery for this year's race. Snowfall the day before the race added some beauty and holiday magic to the day. It was cold. And Central … MORE

    Mother Nature added to the scenery for this year’s race. Snowfall the day before the race added some beauty and holiday magic to the day. It was cold. And Central Park is hilly. But it was a good day.

    NYCRuns has been getting more organized–which is nice to see. They almost started EARLY this year (I feel like the often start late). The medal matched the name–it was a big apple.

    The shirt was a long sleeve technical shirt in blue–which I like.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a nice local race that is well run. They give a long sleeve tech shirt and the medal this year was really nice and had a printed ribbon … MORE

    This is a nice local race that is well run. They give a long sleeve tech shirt and the medal this year was really nice and had a printed ribbon and was unique from past years. After the race, they have hot cocoa with unlimited refills and bagels with cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter. Bag check is super easy and volunteers are always watching your stuff.
    The course was new this year and more challenging. It was two 4 mile loops of the “middle” section of the park and then a 5 mile loop including the Harlem Hills. The Harlem Hills were on the last loop and going up Cat Hill 3 times was something I’m not sure I need to repeat, but breaking up the route like that helped break up the distance. The course has a 3 hour time limit.
    The race is easy to get to on public transit. The 102st entrance to the park is a short walk from the 103rd St. stop on the 6 subway line which you can pick up at Harlem 125th St. if you’re coming from outside of the city.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The course: 3 loops of Central Park (2 4-mile inner loops 1 5-mile loop). This includes 3 climbs of Cat Hill and 1 climb of Harlem Hill. Long sleeve shirt MORE

    The course: 3 loops of Central Park (2 4-mile inner loops 1 5-mile loop). This includes 3 climbs of Cat Hill and 1 climb of Harlem Hill.

    Long sleeve shirt and nice medal.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

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