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New York Road Runners Fifth Avenue Mile

Sunday, September 22, 2013

8:45 a.m.1:30 p.m.

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Once each year, a beautiful 20-block stretch of Fifth Avenue opens to runners of all ages and abilities who want to run their best mile in NYC—from the Met to Grand Army Plaza!

If you're a novice runner, join us for your first race experience - it's not be missed! If you're a veteran, come out and try for a personal best, running with your age-group peers. Special heats include a youth mile, the George Sheehan Memorial Mile for runners age 60 and over, the NYRR Road Mile Championships, and the professional runners. This year's NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan is part of the NYRR club points series.

Kids running in the age 8-14 heat at 1:15 p.m. are invited to come to the sidelines near the start area to watch the starts of the women’s professional race at 12:45 p.m. and the men’s professional race at 1:00 p.m. These world-class athletes will in turn cheer for YOU and greet you as you cross the finish line of your race.

Spectators can cheer all along the course--including close to the finish at East 60th Street for first-class views of runners dueling to the line. Come out to run, cheer, and be part of a great day of running in NYC!


Wheelchair/Handcycles 8:45 a.m.

Women 15-29 8:55 a.m.

Men 15-29 9:10 a.m.

Women 30-39 9:25 a.m

Men 30-34 9:40 a.m.

Men 35-39 9:55 a.m.

Women 40-49 10:10 a.m

Men 40-49 10:25 a.m

Men/Women 50-59 10:40 a.m.

George Sheehan Memorial Mile

Men/Women 60-69 11:00 a.m.

Men/Women 70+ 11:20 a.m.

Professional Athletes

Women 12:45 p.m.

Men 1:00 p.m.

Children 8-14 1:15 p.m.

The children age 8-14 heat will be scored by gun time.

Note: Walking at a brisk pace is allowed.


Fifth Avenue near East 80th Street
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The starting line is across Fifth Avenue near its intersection with East 80th Street. You'll start running south; remember that there are 20 north-south blocks to the mile in Manhattan, so you can check your progress by looking at any street sign--as well as at big digital clocks at every quarter-mile mark. The first quarter-mile, to East 75th Street, is slightly downhill, so your pace may be a bit quicker than you planned to run--but the second quarter-mile, to East 70th Street, balances that out with a moderate uphill. When you crest that rise, you'll be able to see the finish, but don't make your big move yet--it's farther away than it seems. The third quarter-mile is another gentle downhill, to 65th Street. Now you're in the final quarter-mile, and you'll be loudly encouraged by thick crowds on both sides of the road. It's a flat final five blocks to the finish line at East 60th Street. You'll cross under a finish banner with a clock right over your head--try to dig down for every last second! When you've caught your breath, you'll find refreshments near the finish at Grand Army Plaza.


Register online in advance: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Event-day registration: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

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