- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Road Race
In Queens there tends to be only one location for a race and that is Flushing Meadow Park. Prior to running this race, I had run here multiple times for other races. Of all the Queens races I participated in, this one was my favorite.
This was a smaller race than the others I ran here, but very well organized. The course is flat (with an occasional overpass). Due to the timing of the race, the scenery was perfect. When I participated, it was in September. The plants were green and the flowers all bloomed making for some scenic views. I believe this race has now been moved to April so I'm not sure if this is still the case. I've run this same course in March and it was absolutely dismal, so the timing makes a huge difference.
The course is 2 loops around the park. As it was a smaller race, the course never felt crowded. There were water stops every 1-1.5 miles and running out of water was never an issue (I was one of the slower runners on the course, so if there was water for me, there was water for everyone). The volunteers were great and supportive.
The race was also rather inexpensive which is hard to come by in NYC (I believe they increased their prices slightly when they did the race in 2015). I would recommend this race and would definitely do it again (if the timing allowed).