After 2-Year Absence, 2022 NYC Half Marathon to Return to Full Field of 25,000 Runners

2022 United Airlines NYC Half to Return at Full Scale with 25,000 Runners

Application for the 2022 United Airlines NYC Half Entry Drawing Opens Today


NYRR Launches Non-Binary Time Qualifying Standards


2017 NYC Half Marathon, NYC, NY March 19,2017 – Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun

New York, November 18, 2021 – New York Road Runners (NYRR) today announced the highly anticipated return of the United Airlines NYC Half on March 20, 2022, after being canceled in 2020 and not held in 2021 due to the pandemic. The race will come back at full scale with an expected field of 25,000 runners – marking the first NYRR race to return to its traditional field size. The event is one of the organization’s signature races taking a 13.1-mile run from Brooklyn to Manhattan.



“In early March 2020, the United Airlines NYC Half was one of the first mass sporting events to be cancelled during the onset of the pandemic,” said Kerin Hempel, CEO, NYRR. “We are extremely excited for the glorious return of this popular race. It will be reflective of our city’s vigor and serve as a defining moment as we bring our races back to full scale.”



The course is a one-of-a-kind experience and showcases New York City’s historic landmarks, popular parks, sweeping views from the Manhattan Bridge, and diverse neighborhoods starting at Prospect Park in Brooklyn then passing Grand Army Plaza, the United Nations, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square, before ending near the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park. Additionally, the race will host hundreds of children taking part in the Rising New York Road Runners youth event featuring a 1,500-meter out-and-back course on Seventh Avenue in Times Square.



The 2022 United Airlines NYC Half field will consist of both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entrants. Runners can receive guaranteed entry through a variety of methods, which are detailed here. Non-guaranteed applicants can register for a chance to run through the entry drawing. The application period for all guaranteed entrants and the entry drawing for non-guaranteed entrants will open at 1:00 p.m. EST on November 18 and close at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1. The drawing for non-guaranteed applicants will take place on December 8 and runners will be notified of their entry status. Registrants can register and applicants can apply here.



As part of NYRR’s commitment to increase inclusivity and representation in the running community, the 2022 United Airlines NYC Half will also serve as the launch of non-binary time qualifying standards. In addition to this race, NYRR will offer guaranteed entry for the Brooklyn Half and the TCS New York City Marathon to participants who meet time standards. Earlier this year, a non-binary gender identification and category for membership, race registrations, and program offerings were initiated.



Runners can also enter the field by running in support of the hundreds of worthy causes through the United Airlines NYC Half Official Charity Partner Program, which will open for registration on December 8.



Health and safety remain NYRR’s top priority. In collaboration with city, state, and federal guidelines and under the guidance of medical and public health experts, the race’s health and safety guidelines will be forthcoming in the upcoming months.



Additionally, runners who are unable to make it to New York City, can register for the Virtual United Airlines NYC Half opening on December 9. Runners will be able to run the 13.1-mile distance at their convenience and location of their choice any time between March 12-20.



Race details for the 2022 United Airlines NYC Half can be found [here.]here.

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About New York Road Runners (NYRR)

NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, virtual races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features a wide population of runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit

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