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Fred Lebow Manhattan Half
Enter the Park at the West Drive near 63rd Street

New this year, this race will honor 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 good-spirited company.


Instead of T-shirts, you'll get Fred-style cycling caps, classical music (Fred's favorite) at the start, and a variety of other special elements to commemorate Fred's influence on the running community, so stay tuned for announcements closer to the race date!


NYRR members who run four of the following six events in 2014 are eligible for guaranteed entry into the NYC Half 2015: Fred Lebow Manhattan, NYC Half, Brooklyn Half, Queens (distance TBD), Bronx (distance TBD), and Staten Island Half-Marathon.


Course Info


The course is two-plus loops of Central Park. The start is on West Drive near 63rd Street. You’ll complete two full counter-clockwise loops of the park, after which you’ll start a third loop and turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse just past the 13-mile mark. The finish line is at the easternmost entrance to the Naumburg Bandshell. Major uphills are at approximately 1.5, 3.5, 4.5, 7, 9.5, and 10.5 miles.


There are three full aid stations (with both water and Gatorade), each of which you’ll pass twice. Two additional stations provide water only. See the course map for locations. 


This event is hosted by the New York Road Runners.


For more information, please visit the NYRR website

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM