5K Route Details | Start Times and Heat Assignments | Race Packets | Event Day Information


Is there a course map available?
No, but please click here for a detailed description of the route.

I'm used to doing a 5K on a road, where will I be running/walking inside a baseball stadium?
The Runyon 5K will knock your average 5K out of the park! You'll run or walk through Yankee Stadium's concourses and ramps, climb stairs between levels, and enjoy special access to your own victory laps around the warning track that circles the field.

What is the warning track?
The warning track is the dirt track along the perimeter of the field – it goes behind home plate, past the dugouts, and into the outfield parallel to the baselines and foul lines. If an outfielder runs onto the dirt, he knows he has reached the warning track and is therefore running out of room in which to catch a fly ball.

Does this mean I'll be on the field at Yankee Stadium?
Not quite - but very close! Access is restricted to the warning track, but the field-level views of the Stadium are spectacular, and the experience is exhilarating.

How many stairs will I have to climb between levels?
A few more than you climb to your 6th floor walk-up apartment. While you'll never have to climb more than 103 steps at a time, there are a total of 286 steps in the four stair climb portions of the route.

When I see the finish line for the first time, am I done already or do I need to keep going?
If you want to complete the whole 5K, KEEP GOING! The route includes running/walking down a long ramp from the 300 Level to the Great Hall TWICE. If it's your first time running/walking down that long ramp from the 300 Level, stay to your right and follow the green COURSE CONTINUES sign. You'll run or walk a short distance then turn right up the Great Hall stairs and continue along the route. If it's your second time coming down that long ramp from the 300 Level, head to your left and cross the FINISH line!

I’m not a fan of all those stairs. If I don’t care about completing the whole 5K and having my time accurately recorded, can I head to the FINISH line the first time I see it?
Sure. If you’re tired or don’t feel the need to climb more stairs once you’ve experienced the warning track (which is part of the first “loop”), feel free to finish the first time you enter the Great Hall. Please keep in mind that your finish time will not be accurately recorded if you opt out of the second “loop” and do not complete the whole 5K route.  

How long will the Runyon 5K take?
This depends on each participant's fitness level and speed. Elite runners may finish in 18 minutes, while the average runner may take 30 minutes to finish. Walkers should complete the route in about an hour.

Is this a timed race?
Yes. ChronoTrack B-Tags will be attached to the back of your bib number and will record your finish time. The B-Tags should remain affixed to the back of the bib. In order to receive an accurate time, please make sure your bib is clearly visible on the FRONT of the torso. Do not fold or wrinkle your race bib or you risk breaking the timing chip. Make sure your bib is pinned in all four corners so the timing chip stays flat. Official results will be posted here within two days after the event. Please be patient.

Is the Runyon 5K a qualifying race?
No, this event is about having fun and raising funds! But if your race time is very important to you, please be sure to cross all timing mats and review the detailed route description here.

I might get tired and be unable to finish, what should I do?
No problem, just find a volunteer or staff member who can determine the safest way to get you off the route. Please note that your finish time will not be accurately recorded if you do not complete the whole 5K route.


Why am I being assigned a start time?
Since the entire Runyon 5K route is inside Yankee Stadium, it is narrower than a traditional road race. Participants' start times must be staggered, with runners starting first according to pace, in order to avoid congestion and ensure everyone's safety.

When will I receive my start time?
Start times and heat assignments will be posted on the Runyon 5K website and emailed to participants on Monday, August 15, 2016.

How many people will be assigned to each heat and how often will heats be launched?
Participants will be launched in heats of approximately 200 people every 10 minutes, starting at 9:30am.

When will walkers get to start the Runyon 5K?
This will depend on our total number of runners, but the first heat of walkers could launch as early as 10:30am in 2016. Please plan accordingly if you will be walking the route. 

I want to run with my team, family or a group of friends, but we all run at different paces. Will we be able to start the 5K together?
Yes, but you must be part of a team in order to be assigned the same start time. Your team's start time will be based on the average mile pace of your team members. If you run a 6 or 7-minute mile and are part of a team, please indicate when registering if you would like to run in the "Elite Heat" OR if you would like to run with your team. You should only select the "Elite Heat" if you plan to run competitively at a 6 or 7-minute mile pace.

Some of my teammates are running while others are walking, will we have the same start time?
Yes, teams of runners and walkers will be assigned the same start time, following heats of individual runners and teams of all runners. To ensure everyone's safety, team members who are walking should position themselves in the back of the pack at the start line, while runners should head to the front. Walkers should stay to the right, allowing runners to pass on the left.

I realized after registering as an individual that I want to run with friends, family members or colleagues. Can we still be assigned the same start time?
Yes. If there is an oversight in the registration process on a participant's end, we will make every effort to change your participation plans. We can create a new team for you or add you to an existing team to ensure you have the same start time as friends, family members or colleagues. Just send an email to runyon5k@damonrunyon.org. You can also update your participation plans in your Participant Center by clicking "Change Team Membership." 


Will I be able to pick up my race packet in advance?
Yes. Participants can pick up their race packets in advance of the run/walk. Race Packets will be available for advance pick-up at 24 Hour Fitness, located at 153 East 53rd Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues) in midtown Manhattan, on the following dates:

Thursday, August 18 from noon-7pm

Friday, August 19 from noon-3pm 

Saturday, August 20 from 10am-2pm

What is included in my race packet?
Your race packet consists of your bib number and attached ChronoTrack B-Tags which will record your time. Participants can also pick up their Runyon 5K t-shirts at advance packet pick-up. 

Can I pick up race packets for other participants at advance packet pick-up?
Yes. You may pick up race packets for friends, family or team members. To avoid confusion, we ask that you communicate your plans to any participants whose packets you plan to pick up. If you will be picking up packets for a group or team of 10 or more people, please notify us by emailing runyon5k@damonrunyon.org so that we can prepare them in advance.

If I can't make it to advance packet pick-up, will I be able to get my race packet on event day?
Yes. Race day packet pick-up will be available at Yankee Stadium. Participants who have not picked up in advance should enter the Great Hall upon arrival to retrieve your bib number with attached ChronoTrack B-Tags. Check-in will be located inside the Great Hall. Your Runyon 5K t-shirt will be available for pick up inside the Great Hall before or after you complete your run/walk.


What time will I need to arrive at the Stadium?
Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to your assigned start time. If you are picking up your race packet on event day, please allow an additional 10 minutes before your designated arrival time to retrieve your bib number at check-in inside the Great Hall. 

How do I get to Yankee Stadium?
Public transportation is recommended. Yankee Stadium is located at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx, and is easily accessible by subway and Metro-North trains. The 4 train (East Side) and the D train (West Side) make stops at 161st Street/Yankee Stadium. Metro-North Railroad's Yankees - E. 153rd Street Station is located on the Hudson Line. For point-to-point directions and updated service advisories, please visit www.mta.info. Please allow additional travel time to reach the Stadium. Trains will run less frequently due to weekend schedules and there may be unexpected delays due to construction.

Will parking be available at the Stadium?
Yes. Parking will be available at the 164th Street Garage located at 951 River Avenue (at East 164th Street) and at the 153rd Street Garage located at 71 East 153rd Street (at River Avenue). For more information, please call Quik Park at 718.588.7817 or visit www.quikparkgarages.com

Where should I enter Yankee Stadium upon arrival?
Participants who have already received their bib number at advance packet pick-up should enter the appropriate queue for their Heat outside Gate 4 after any personal items have been dropped off at Bag Check. Participants who need to pick up their bib number on event day should enter the Great Hall (near Gate 4) to retrieve their bib number, then join the appropriate queue for their Heat outside Gate 4.

Is there a bag check area provided?
Bag check will be available for limited personal items at the corner of River Avenue and East 161st Street across from the Stadium. Due to heightened security concerns, bag check is no longer permitted inside the Great Hall. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Are bags permitted in the spectator area inside the Delta SKY360° Suite?
Yes. Each guest is permitted to bring into Yankee Stadium only one MLB-compliant bag – presently defined by Major League Baseball as soft-sided and no larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches – and only one smaller-sized soft-sided personal item (e.g., a handbag, clutch, tote or plastic grocery bag). All hard-sided bags and containers are strictly prohibited. All bags, personal items and their contents will be visually inspected before they are permitted into the Stadium. Bag-size bins will be used at entry inspection points, and bags and their contents must fit without assistance, modification or adjustment. For a complete list of prohibited items, please review the Yankee Stadium Policies and Procedures.  

Will there be a photo opportunity available?
Yes. Photos of participants as they navigate the Runyon 5K route will be available for purchase through Ken Shelton Photography following the event. You can pre-register to receive an email notice when your photos are ready at Runyon 5K Race Day Photos. Make sure your bib number is clearly visible on the front of your shirt on race day so you can be easily identified. 

Are strollers permitted along the 5K route?
No. The Runyon 5K route includes stairs between levels, making the route inaccessible to strollers. Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed on the route.

Will there be water stations along the 5K route?
Yes. There will be several water stations along the route, near the start line and at the finish line.

Will there be medical personnel?
There will be emergency medical crews on site during the event. In case of emergency, volunteers along the route can assist you, and will be able to communicate with emergency personnel.

Can my friends and family watch from the stands?
Yes. Friends and family members who would like to watch you make your way around the warning track can do so from the Delta SKY360° Suite, which is located in the nine sections of the Main Level directly behind home plate, and offers an incredible view of the field. Please note there will be a $5 suggested donation for adults to enter the spectator area. This area will also be open to participants prior to or after their run/walk. Limited concessions will be available for purchase. Participants and spectators can enter through the Suite Entrance just beyond Gate 4 beginning at 9am. No tickets are required. 

Can my friends and family meet me at the finish line?
No. For security reasons, spectators are not allowed inside the Great Hall and cannot meet participants at the finish line. You can meet your friends and family members in the Delta SKY360° Suite, or at a previously arranged location outside on Babe Ruth Plaza after your run/walk. 

Will I receive an event t-shirt?
Yes. All participants in the Runyon 5K will receive an event t-shirt. Additionally, all finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag on event day. Please note that your bib number will include two tear-off tags - one that says T-SHIRT and one that says BAG. Please present the appropriate tag to a volunteer at the designated table in the Great Hall to receive your t-shirt and goody bag.

What happens if it rains?
The Runyon 5K will take place rain or shine, barring any extreme weather conditions that would put the safety of our participants at risk. In the event of severe weather, modifications to the route may be made to ensure everyone's safety.

Please email runyon5k@damonrunyon.org for answers to any questions not addressed on the website.
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