Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.4
2020 EVENT WILL BE VIRTUAL ONLY (Oct 2–11). *** The NYRR Five-Borough Series will once again finish with the NYRR Staten Island Half, a race dedicated to making a positive impact on the borough that hosts the start of the TCS New York City Marathon. Scheduled just four weeks before … MORE
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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Didn't realize until now that this was my 50th half marathon. This was my 2nd time running this race (see my recap from 2018). I put off for many years … MORE

    Didn’t realize until now that this was my 50th half marathon. This was my 2nd time running this race (see my recap from 2018). I put off for many years running this race assuming it would be a hassle. Instead, I found that I enjoy the total experience–getting the start via the ferry, running in a borough I don’t spend a lot of time in, and the course itself.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    dunguyen90 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Good: Very well run race, NYRR really knows how to stage a race with easy access, plenty of volunteers to take care of the runners and a well-organized effort overall … MORE

    Good:
    Very well run race, NYRR really knows how to stage a race with easy access, plenty of volunteers to take care of the runners and a well-organized effort overall
    Beautiful course with views of the Verrazzano Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline
    The course starts and ends at the same spot (this is a preference of mine) and it’s at the ferry terminal which made it easier to get to and from Staten Island
    Good and frequent aid stations
    Very good post-race snack bag, just enough to replenish without all of the ads usually in these bags
    Cool long-sleeved shirts (because how many running t-shirts to I really need?)

    Meh:
    A bit hilly and having the finish end with a long uphill section is a bit unfortunate
    Roads are a bit narrow at parts

    Bad:
    Nothing bad in particular

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    richdrogpa REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Finally, after 2 years of really crappy weather we got a PERFECT day: NO RAIN, 50°F, overcast, not too humid, just what's needed for a new PR. First 8 miles … MORE

    Finally, after 2 years of really crappy weather we got a PERFECT day: NO RAIN, 50°F, overcast, not too humid, just what’s needed for a new PR. First 8 miles are fairly flat, the hills start just past the 8-mile marker, some flats between miles 11-13, with an uphill finish after. Plenty of aid stations, water and Gatorade. NYRR knows how to put on a great race, every single time!!! It’s just so far away to get to, that’s the only minus but you get to enjoy the sunrise with the views of the Statue of Liberty while taking the Staten Island ferry to the start;)

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    My Report
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '18

    Manhattan and Brooklyn Half Marathons get a lot of attention. Visit one of the other NYC boroughs-Staten Island-to mix things up. The best way to get to and from the … MORE

    Manhattan and Brooklyn Half Marathons get a lot of attention. Visit one of the other NYC boroughs-Staten Island-to mix things up. The best way to get to and from the race is the (free) Staten Island Ferry. NYRR knows how to put on a race. Things run smoothly.

    The course has some rolling hills, but nothing too awful. You get some nice views of the Bridge, Manhattan, and Governors Island.

    Long sleeve technical shirt and a decent medal are the swag.

    The Staten Island is one of the races you can do to get guaranteed entry into the NYC Half in March (you have to do 4 borough races).

    Bottom line: I used to be wary of the effort to get to this race. It wasn’t that bad and it was an enjoyable day.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    eorth FIRST-TIMER '16

    There were water stations every mile. It was an out-and-back course with a small detour at mile 8 that takes you up a steep hill then along the coast of … MORE

    There were water stations every mile. It was an out-and-back course with a small detour at mile 8 that takes you up a steep hill then along the coast of the island with a nice view of southern Manhattan. Very dissatisfied with bag check – there were only 5 lines for 11,000 runners and the lines were very disorganized. Waited 40 min in 55deg wind and rain without a heat wrap (they ran out) to get my bag.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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