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New York Road Runners Launches Monthly Mile Series with Six In-Person One Mile Races

Rising New York Road Runners youth races to return for first time at NYRR Washington Heights Mile

Race health and safety procedures developed under guidance of public health officials and medical experts

New York, February 3, 2021 – New York Road Runners has launched its brand new NYRR One Mile Series today, a monthly series of one-mile races that will take place between March and August, with one race held in each of the five boroughs, as well as one race in New Jersey. The NYRR One Mile Series races will follow comprehensive health and safety guidelines and procedures. 

Registration for each race will be first-come, first-served with limited capacities in the hundreds, and with the races aiming to help runners set reasonable goals to strive for in 2021. The mile is the perfect distance for goal-setting, as new runners can get an early-season fitness test toward their new year’s resolutions, and experienced racers can compete against the clock toward a new personal best.   

“We are excited to provide our running community – both adults and youth – with a new in-person racing platform as we launch the NYRR One Mile Series,” said NYRR interim CEO Kerin Hempel. “All races will operate under health and safety guidelines that we have developed, together with the City of New York and medical experts, to ensure a smooth and safe experience for runners.” 

Registration for the first race of the series, the NYRR Washington Heights Mile in Fort Tryon Park on March 7, will open Thursday and will accommodate 650 runners. The NYRR Washington Heights Mile will also host a pilot youth race, the first in-person youth race during the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited number of invited Rising New York Road Runners participants, ages 12 to 18, will participate in a youth-only heat. The youth event will follow the same one-mile course, and participants must adhere to the same health and safety procedures as adult runners.   

Additional adult and youth races in the series will take place over the spring and summer in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey.  

The series will operate under NYRR’s Return to Racing guidelines. Health and safety procedures were developed under the guidance of public health officials and medical experts and in partnership with the City of New York and the NYC Parks Department. As part of NYRR’s commitment to health and safety, guidelines will include wearing masks, temperature checks, increased and staggered starts, self-hydration options, hand sanitation stations, and limited race amenities to uphold adherence to social distancing. 

For more information on the NYRR One Mile Series, please visit the race page.


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, 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, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners.  To learn more, visit