Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
3.7
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.3
This race honors the late NYRR president and New York City Marathon co-founder, Fred Lebow (1932-1994). The course is two-plus loops of Central Park, which can be a challenge in January! Join the mid-winter fun and camaraderie—and perhaps kick off your training for a spring marathon. You’ll have lots of … MORE
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    kvazzana FIRST-TIMER '20

    This course was a 2 1/2 loop trip through Central Park. Overall a beautiful scene and run very well by New York Road runner. The course does take you through … MORE

    This course was a 2 1/2 loop trip through Central Park. Overall a beautiful scene and run very well by New York Road runner. The course does take you through three trips over Harlem Hill, which is quite challenging. The last time overs on your way to the finish, which was a little grueling. Pre-race swag was a nice knit hat. Post race there was water, bagels and apples

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    4
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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Same great race, hard new course. Due to construction on the 72nd street transverse, the course was changed to two full loops of the course and the starting line moved … MORE

    Same great race, hard new course. Due to construction on the 72nd street transverse, the course was changed to two full loops of the course and the starting line moved to the east side near the 102nd street transverse. This meant we had to run up Harlem Hill a total of three times.

    This year’s hat is adorable and fleece lined and the medal was once again a stop watch, only this year the timing hand spins.

    Same easy race day packet pickup and bag check, NYRR now offering a thicker plastic bag deemed reusable…however it can’t handle being packed too full or it starts to break. Not a problem for me, but some folks were having issues. Same decent post race spread with bagels, apples, and pretzels and an easy trip via subway on either side and coming in from Westchester on Metro North.

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    BrandonThompson FIRST-TIMER '20

    Cold start but great support by Central Park staff and NYRR staff to clear the roads for the race. The Fred Lebow Half Marathon course is two laps around Central … MORE

    Cold start but great support by Central Park staff and NYRR staff to clear the roads for the race. The Fred Lebow Half Marathon course is two laps around Central Park on roads. Race day packet pickup was convenient. The race was busy but not too crowded. Race medal is shaped like a stopwatch and has a spinning second hand. After race snacks were minimal (bagel, pretzels and an apple) but plenty of water and gatorade stations during the run. Overall, great race in a awesome venue…just hope for warm weather!

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    2
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    2

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    richdrogpa REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Honors Fred Lebow, the father of the NYC marathon. Great half-marathon to jumpstart the season and always solid organization by the NYRR. Fun to do when weather's alright. This year … MORE

    Honors Fred Lebow, the father of the NYC marathon. Great half-marathon to jumpstart the season and always solid organization by the NYRR. Fun to do when weather’s alright. This year was windy, rainy and cold, a true suffer-fest but hey it can’t be easy all the time;)

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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was the first year I ran the race. For this race, NYRR has the option to pick up your packet ahead of time or on race morning. They always … MORE

    This was the first year I ran the race. For this race, NYRR has the option to pick up your packet ahead of time or on race morning. They always give out a knit hat instead of a t-shirt and this year’s was very cute.

    The course is in Central Park and is basically the same course as every half marathon in Central Park, so in that regard it’s nothing special; if you’ve run one half marathon in Central Park you’ve run the course for every half marathon in Central Park.

    The weather for this one is always iffy. It’s been run in snow, cancelled, etc. but always sells out so you have to register and cross your fingers. This year we actually lucked out in that the storm that brought northern regions snow and ice brought the city and adjacent suburbs a little snow and then just rain. It was actually in the 40’s for most of the race with a light rain that was actually on and off. By the time the race ended, however, the temperature had dropped to the mid 30’s (which was still not bad).

    The medal is not huge, but it’s good quality, and this year’s was designed to look like a stop watch so it was very cute.

    I can see why this race is popular. Maybe one year the weather will be sunny and unseasonably warm.

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 20, 2019 at 6:59pm

    Glad you avoided the worst of the weather and got a nice Sunday run in to boot! And yes, NYC has definitely earned an unseasonably warm January... one of these… MORE

    Glad you avoided the worst of the weather and got a nice Sunday run in to boot! And yes, NYC has definitely earned an unseasonably warm January... one of these years... :) Congrats on getting your 2019 off to a fast start Katy, and thanks for another great review! LESS

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    dungoggallery FIRST-TIMER '18

    nyrr do it well and while this isn’t a five star production it still gets two thumbs up from me. instead of full laps of CP you do three smaller … MORE

    nyrr do it well and while this isn’t a five star production it still gets two thumbs up from me. instead of full laps of CP you do three smaller loops and faster runners lapping slower runners does cause some significant problems. people spreading across the course and water stations are the biggest issues, but that said it is Central Park and it is a race, so you just do your best and get it done. I love the hills and the challenge of running well here. this was a pr for me so yes you can run fast. my tip, dress well before arriving, use the bag check and have something to throw away while you are waiting in the corral…

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '18

    If you live and run in NYC, you are quite used to races in Central Park--rolling hills, multiple loops, some scenery and some spectators. NYRR knows how to put on … MORE

    If you live and run in NYC, you are quite used to races in Central Park–rolling hills, multiple loops, some scenery and some spectators. NYRR knows how to put on a race, so it is quite organized. Because the course involves two 5 mile loops and one ~3 mile loop, there is some bunching up of runners (faster runners looping the slower runners). That can be frustrating for all, but it didn’t seem as bad this year as it was last year.

    Rather than a race shirt, we got a winter hat this year. Similar medal as last year.

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    cjstephens REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The weather for this race is usually a little dicey (they've had to cancel and/or make it a "fun run" in previous years). All the same, if you don't like … MORE

    The weather for this race is usually a little dicey (they’ve had to cancel and/or make it a “fun run” in previous years). All the same, if you don’t like heat and want to run two loops of Central Park, this is the race for you.

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The weather for this race can be brutal. It was cancelled last year due to a snow storm, it's been freezing cold (one year I wore the exact same clothes … MORE

    The weather for this race can be brutal. It was cancelled last year due to a snow storm, it’s been freezing cold (one year I wore the exact same clothes that I wore to run a marathon on Antartica). This year, though, was mid 40s with high humidity.

    The course was changed this year and I don’t think it was for the better. NYRR races are quite crowded and with this year’s change (3 inner loops instead of 2 full loops of the park) there was more bunching up than normal. This was frustrating for both the fast runners and the back of the packers (me).

    NYRR does know how to run a race, though. Everything is very efficient. Rather than a shirt, they gave a winter hat. The medal was Fred Lebow’s face.

    The course (Central Park) is lots of rolling hills.

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 24, 2017 at 12:07pm

    Good choice for the medal! Boy do I remember Antarctica, coldest day either man or planet could tolerate... must have been –40 degrees out there, and that was without the… MORE

    Good choice for the medal! Boy do I remember Antarctica, coldest day either man or planet could tolerate... must have been –40 degrees out there, and that was without the freezing headwind blasting me in the face with every step. I must have worn everything in my closet, including the fur of the polar bear I fought to the death with my bare frigid hands at mile 16! (Help me out here Drew, I've told everyone we barely survived running in Antarctica... sure I may have added a flourish here & there, but it's too late to back off my story now ?) And thanks for another helpful review! LESS

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