Last Updated: Apr 04, 2015 12:34PM EST

Code of Conduct

At all NYRR events, participants should conduct themselves in a courteous manner, being respectful to fellow participants, volunteers, event staff and members of the community in addition to following the Rules of Competition. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be allowed.

Proper race etiquette is required at all times, including being aware of announcements and instructions from Event Officials and your surroundings.


Please provide enough time for yourself to pick up your bib number and enter your corral. Only enter the corral you are assigned to or a slower one and be respectful of the event staff. Please be respectfully and quiet during pre-race announcements and the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start.


The use of headphones is strongly discouraged. If you must wear headphones, be extra-aware of your surroundings and make sure you can hear announcements as well as being aware of other participants around you.

Mobile Devices

The use of mobile devices for photography or social updates during the event is strongly discouraged, as it distracts your awareness of other participants around you.


In accordance with City of New York Parks & Recreation rules, please use only the toilet facilities provided. Please be considerate in portable-toilet lines; don’t cut in line or into another line. Never urinate in the corrals, at the post-finish walk-off, or in park woods or you may risk disqualification and Police summons.

Running Courtesy

While participating in the event, don’t run in groups of three or more abreast; wide groups become barriers to other runners. Don’t stop abruptly to drink at an aid station or to tie your shoelaces. Watch where you spit and snot as to avoid hitting other participants. If someone running behind you says, “On your left,” move to your right to let them pass. If someone says, “On your right,” move to your left.


NYRR events are conducted in public places, either NYC Parks or streets. Please be responsible with depositing any trash in the provided receptacles, including at aid stations. Be careful when discarding cups at aid stations so as to avoid hitting other participants.


If you encounter a runner in distress, offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station or call the event Medical Emergency line: 866-705-6626.