NYC Half Marathon: Route & Street Closures

Some useful information about the NYC Half Marathon that takes place every in NY year! One of the Top Events in March that brings over 20,000 runners onto the streets of Manhattan!

When is the NYC Half Marathon 2018?
Sunday, March 18.
NYC Half Marathon Hours

Official Website

Starting Time

Wheelchair start: 7:05am

Runner start: 7:30am

Start Line

Start on Flatbush Ave. near the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Finish Line

Central Park at W 75th St.

Event Hashtag: #UnitedNYCHalf

NYC Half Marathon Route

Course Info

Miles 1–2: Start on Flatbush Avenue near the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. Bear right around Grand Army Plaza and continue on Flatbush Avenue.

Mile 3: Cross the East River from Brooklyn into Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge.

Mile 4: Turn off the Manhattan Bridge onto Canal Street, and follow Canal Street to East Broadway.

Mile 5: Take a slight right from East Broadway onto Grand Street, and then a left onto Columbia Street. Take Columbia Street to East Houston Street and take a right, and then follow the exit ramp left onto the FDR Drive.

Miles 6–7: Continue north on the FDR Drive. Merge right onto the exit ramp for East 42nd Street.

Mile 8: Follow East 42nd Street to Seventh Avenue and turn right.

Mile 9: Run north on Seventh Avenue and enter Central Park, following Center Drive toward East Drive.

Miles 10–11: Continue on East Drive in Central Park. Turn left at the 102nd Street Cross Drive, and take another left onto West Drive in Central Park.

Miles 12–13.1: Follow West Drive south, around the Reservoir, to the finish line at West 75th Street.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Street Closures due to NYC Half Marathon

6:45am to 12:30pm (unless otherwise noted)

All Central Park Drives

110th Street/Central Park North: from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue

59th Street: from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue:

  • Westbound – 4:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • Eastbound – 5:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Seventh Avenue: from 59th Street to 42nd Street

  • 5:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

47th Street: between 6th and 7th Avenue

  • 3:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

FDR Drive: northbound to South Street

See MTA.INFO for impact on Bus Routes.

Plan ahead since there might be a lot of traffic due to street closures those times.


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