United Airlines NYC Half 2015 Running & Viewing Guide

United Airlines NYC Half 2015 Viewing & Running Guide

Runners take on Times Square (Photo: Courtesy of NYRR)

The United Airlines NYC Half 2015 is ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple on Sunday, March 15 with 20,000 runners and 2,200 volunteers. I’ll be at the start as one of the race announcers, ready to send you on your way to a 13.1-mile tour of New York City—from Central Park through Times Square and along the Hudson River to a fabulous finish in the Financial District on Wall Street.

Are you running? Watching? Cheering someone on? Here’s your guide to the course, how to watch the broadcast, and how to track runners at the city’s marquee half-marathon, which kicks of the NYRR 5 Borough Series.

Guide to the United Airlines NYC Half 2015

Course Map

The Course

The United Airlines NYC Half course is a tourist’s dream, showcasing a great diversity of the landscape that Manhattan offers. You’ll see Central Park, a peak at Harlem, Times Square, much of the West Side and Hudson River waterfront, Battery Park, and Financial District, including the historic South Street Seaport just steps away. You’ll take in tree-lined parkland, open skies over the river, skyscrapers, and glaring lights—a bit of it all.

Honestly, I love this course. Even as a New Yorker, I get chills running through Times Square. Do you know how rarely Times Square gets shut down? Just twice a year: for the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and for the United Airlines NYC Half. That’s it. It’s a big deal. Huge. As big as all those Jumbotrons you’ll see.

What can you expect along the way? A quiet 6-mile tour of Central Park and 110th street. Once you exit the park and start heading for Times Square, you’ll find 13 on-course entertainment zones, roughly every half mile, including seven bands and six DJ’s.

I’ve had a few runners ask me about the terrain. I’ve been a New Yorker for close to 15 years and have been running the city for 10 of them. I know every dip and turn along the way. I last ran this event in 2012 and have worked it as a broadcaster and announcer ever since.

The bad news: Central Park is no joke. Even the pros I’ve interviewed talk about how challenging the park’s rolling hills can be.

The good news: You get Central Park out of the way first. And it’s incredibly beautiful! Central Park is one of my favorite places on the planet. Then it’s all downhill–quite literally—from there. The last seven miles are a drop and then plateau to sea level at Water Street.

Here’s the elevation chart:

Guide to the United Airlines NYC Half 2015

Unites Airlines NYC Half Elevation

How To Watch

United Airlines NYC Half 2015 Running & Viewing Guide

Molly Huddle was first American and third overall in 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of NYRR)

If you’re not running, the United Airlines NYC Half will be a great race to watch with a profession field that includes 70 elite athletes from 11 countries in the women’s field and 13 countries in the men’s competition, including 12 Olympians, two Olympic medalists, two IAAF World Championship medalists, and nine national record-holders.

Meb Keflezighi, Desiree Davila, Molly Huddle and Dathan Ritzenhein are just a few of the Americans gunning for the $100,000 prize purse. They’ll face off against some of the fastest runners in the world including Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir, Olympic medalist Sally Kipyego, and Boston Marathon runner-up Buzunesh Deba.


Watch live coverage on ABC7 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT.


Watch on ESPN3 via Watch ESPN from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m. EDT on computers, tablets, smartphones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for viewers with video or internet subscriptions.


Check your local listings to watch from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. EDT via a variety of global broadcast partners. The broadcast will reach 200 territories and 320 million households internationally.


Watch live streaming on WatchABC from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT and at 7online.com from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m. EDT.

How To Track Your Runner

United Airlines NYC Half 2015 Running & Viewing GuideHave someone—or 10— you want to follow?

Download the United Airlines NYC Half Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Live track up to 10 runners, with splits at the start, every five kilometers, and at the finish. You’ll also find answers to race FAQs and stats, a United Airlines sweepstakes, and a course map marked with cheer and entertainment zones, elevation, and more.

Runner tracking and live unofficial results will also be available at liveresults.nyrr.org.

See you at the start of the United Airlines NYC Half 2015, runners!
Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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  1. 1

    The NYC Half is definitely one of my favourite races and I hope to do it again one day. I highly recommend it to anyone! One of my best memories is of walking to Central Park in the early morning darkness. I loved Times Square but I admit it was Central Park that I really fell in love with.
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    • Karla Bruning

      I couldn’t agree more about Central Park. It is my favorite place in the city and one of my favorite places in the entire world!

  2. 3

    This was such an amazing race! My husband and two friends were able to cheer for me in 3 separate locations by catching taxis and subs (and some old fashioned running) and it was so exciting for me. The run through Times Swuare & 42nd were the most fantastic two miles I’ve ever run. The crowds and lights blew my mind and I grinned all the way through.
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    • Karla Bruning

      So happy to hear that! Even as a New Yorker, the run through Times Square gave me goosebumps when I ran it in 2012. So glad you had a great race! Hope you met your goal!

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    You interviewed Dana and me before the race last year. I got into the NYC Half this year as a lottery pick (Dana didn’t). It was nice to have you help kick the race off. It put a smile on my face as we got started to see you getting us on our way! Keep up the great work.

    • Karla Bruning

      Thank you so much, Mike! I remember you and your story well. I hope everyone is doing well in NJ and you enjoyed the race!