Since yesterday it is official: I will be running the NYC Half again in 2019. It is my favorite race here in New York and the NYC Half Marathon was completely redesigned for 2018. Take a look at the NYC Half Marathon course with me and find out about the new course for 2019. I have also worked on a course strategy for the NYC Half which you will find in the end of this article.
Half Marathon NYC 2019
As most of you may know the old NYC Half Marathon course took runners from Central Park to Wall Street with a pretty hilly start but ending almost downhill for the last 6 miles. Now the NYC Half new course will take runners from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The new NYC Half Marathon course will start along Prospect Park in Brooklyn, head over the Manhattan Bridge, and finish in Central Park. So what do we think about that?
The NYC Half course will make the runners pass the City’s most iconic sights like Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, the United Nations, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, and Central Park.
How large is the New York City Half Marathon?
The NYC Half hosted by NYRR is the 61st largest running event in the world. The NYC Half starts at 7:30 AM in Brooklyn and attracts over 20.000 runners each year. Oftentimes record breaking and extremely cold but still one of the most fun races you can possibly run in the greatest city of the world.
NYC Half Marathon course: The new route 2019
I’m so excited about the NYC Half Marathon 2019 and it’s new course that was changed last year because I love challenges. I can’t wait to start training for this famous race in the city. Even though I enjoyed running the new course last year, it is much harder than the old one.
Before, runners started in Central Park with the hills. Running the West Side Highway wasn’t super exciting after that but it was slightly downhill the entire time. With the new course of the NYC Half changed in 2018 runners have to be ready for the hills in the end. Central Park is tough when you are not used to it. Also heading to the start in Brooklyn will be much more of a challenge for me than going to the old one in Central Park. However there is much more to see along the NYC Half course which I think it’s worth the way to Brooklyn.
The new NYC Half Marathon course will make the runners head north on Flatbush Avenue and cross the Manhattan Bridge into lower Manhattan, and pass through the Lower East Side before heading north on the FDR Drive. Around that time, we will see the sunrise with amazing views of Brooklyn and Queens skylines. The halfway point of the NYC Half 2019 will be near East 42nd Street, passing United Nations, famous Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park.
Runners will make a turn up Seventh Avenue for the highlight of the NYC Half Marathon course: Times Square. Central Park will be entered on Central Park South to run on the East Drive of the Park. Runner will make afinal turn south on West Drive to cross the finish line near 75th Street (yes, the same location as the NYC Marathon finish line).
NYC Half Course Strategy 2019
The new course of the NYC Half is tricky and considerate as moderate. I was lucky to attend to an event from NYRR where the coaching staff explained tactics for the new course. Here is the course strategy for the NYC Half 2019.
Everyone of you who is running the new NYC Half Marathon course: I wish you the best of luck! I can’t wait to see you all on March 17. Here is more information about the new course and also a map that shows you the exact route.