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United Airlines NYC Half Marathon

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From the organisers of the legendary New York City Marathon comes a race encompasses the spirit of ‘The Big Apple’ down to it’s core… the United Airlines NYC Half. Join us for this exciting, vibrant race from Brooklyn to Central Park, through the heart of New York City and famous landmarks such as Central Park, Times Square, and Grand Central Station and help us celebrate St Patrick’s day.

 

 

The New York Half Marathon

St Patrick's day parade

New York sightseeing

With wide street, fully closed roads, and an interesting and inspiring route, the United Airlines NYC half marathon could be your perfect half marathon in 2025. It could even be the perfect test event for you, as you set your sights on the famous TCS New York City Marathon.

As part of your weekend trip, you can experience the annual New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade is the largest and most famous of all of New York City’s many parades. Like each year, the parade will include bagpipes, marching bands and up to 250,000 participants. Each year the event attracts over two million spectators.

Take in some of the famous sites this wonderful city has to offer. The best way to explore is by foot or by a guided tour or hop on hop off bus tour which takes in many of New York’s most popular and famous tourist attractions. Visit the Statue of Liberty, take a trip to Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building.

Included in your package

  • Half Marathon entry available
  • 3, 4 or 5 nights at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel
  • An escorted trip to the Half Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday
  • A complimentary pre Half Marathon warm up run (approx 5k) on Saturday morning
  • A Half Marathon race briefing
  • An escorted trip to the Half Marathon start
  • Passionate Sports Tours International Ireland team on hand throughout the event
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14 March

Arrival in New York

Our Sports Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you into New York and will be based at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel throughout your stay. After checking into your hotel, your evening is free for you to spend in New York. You can, if you wish, attend the New York half expo to pick up your bib which runs 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last bib pick-up 7:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 March

Event Expo and registration

Today you should attend the expo, if you haven’t already to pick up your bib between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00p.m. All runners should attend to pick up their bib, timing device, technical shirt and baggage bag. It’s especially important as absolutely no race numbers will be issued on the day of the event, you must bring a photo ID when you pick up your race number. After bib collection, you have the rest of the day to sightsee around New York.

 

 

 

16 March

Race day!

Today is the day of the New York City half marathon, the race starts at 07:30am, make sure you have plenty of time to spare!  Your Sports Tours Representative will escort you to the marathon start transport with the cost of the ticket included in your package price. We will greet you back at the hotel, later this evening, to congratulate you on your success.

 

 

17 March

Departure day

A day for a final sightseeing trip and the journey home, alternatively you can book some extra nights with us and enjoy this wondrous city.

 

 

 

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Plane +

There are three airports in New York. JFK, Newark and La Guardia. Las Guardia is the closest in distance to the city center, however international flights usually land in JFK or Newark.

Car +

The City’s fleet of yellow taxicabs and green Boro Taxis are licensed and regulated by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission. Grabbing a cab can be ideal when tired feet, heavy luggage or shopping bags weigh you down.

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Public buses are a scenic way to see the City and reach destinations not convenient to a subway stop. It’s also worth noting that mass transit is central to New York City’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly, and a growing number of NYC’s buses are hybrid-electric models.

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The easiest and quickest way to travel around NYC is by public subway train. Riding the subway is also a fantastic way to feel like a local during your stay in New York.

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A new iconic course was set in 2018 and was an instant hit with all! Starting in Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, on Flatbush Avenue, you will head north before crossing over the Manhattan Bridge into lower Manhattan. Next, you will pass through the Lower East Side, before heading north on the FDR drive where you will be greeted with spectacular views of the Brooklyn and Queens skylines. You will approach the halfway point near East 42nd Street, and pass the United Nations building, before taking a turn towards Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. You will then head up Seventh Avenue before passing by 1000 children running through Times Square. Finally you will enter Central Park, and head north to 102nd Street Cross Drive. The crowd support will be incredible, as you make your final turn south on West Drive, and finish in style in the heart of the city, Central Park.

Bib collection +

Runners must collect their bib at the expo before the race, you must bring photo ID and your confirmation to the expo. You must do this yourself in person, we can’t do it for you and no numbers will be available on the day.

Important rules +

The New York half marathon has a time limit of three hours. Participants that cannot maintain a pace of 13:45 throughout the race will be picked up starting at mile 7.5 and transported to the finish. The time of the last runner to cross the start will be added to the limit, ensuring that all participants can keep a 13:45 pace.

Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

Do you cater for children? +

Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

Can I extend my stay along the way? +

Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

How can I pay for my holiday? +

Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

Do I need travel insurance? +

Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

Can I travel on my own? +

Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms

What is twin to share? +

On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.

Is the entry guaranteed? +

All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

Do I need to pay a deposit? +

A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

When will I receive my tickets? +

Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

What is included in the price? +

What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

What is not included in the price? +

What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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