Rising New York Road Runners at Van Cortlandt Park


If you’re looking for a fantastic cross country event for kids during the spring, look no further! Join us in the Bronx at Van Cortlandt Park for fitness activities and a spring cross country run. This event is open to all stages and ability levels, so bring the whole family out to have some fun and get moving.

Event hashtag: #RisingNYRR—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!


The chart below is a guide to the stages available at this event. Use the chart to determine the appropriate stage for your child. If you need help determining your child's stage, contact [email protected].

Stage Ages Event Type Register If...
1 2 to 10 Non-competitive
Untimed shorter distances
Fitness activities
Your child is new to physical activity or running, but likes playing games and being active.
2 8 to 18 Non-competitive
Untimed medium distances
Fitness activities
Your child likes running, but isn’t ready for a competitive event. Your child likes playing games and being active.
3 12 to 18 Competitive
Timed longer distances
Fitness activities
Your child is comfortable running a longer distance and racing other kids in a competitive setting.


Register your child by clicking on the appropriate button below. Please register your child for only one stage.



Event Start Time Distance
Stage 3 Warm-up 8:50 a.m.  
Stage 3 Boys and Girls 9:00 a.m. 5K
All stages—Activities open 9:00 a.m.  
Stage 1 Boys and Girls 10:00 a.m. Varies by age
Stage 2 Girls 10:00 a.m. 1.5 miles
Stage 2 Boys 10:20 a.m. 1.5 miles


This event's activities begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include:

  • Stepping Stones: Colored dots are laid on the ground and athletes practice balance by hopping from dot to dot across a set area.
  • Shuttle Relays: Athletes run 50-meter team relays to practice speed and coordination.
  • Beanbag Toss: Athletes toss beanbags of various weights into hoops to practice throwing techniques.
  • Fitness Tag: Athletes play tag while completing specific fitness-based activities.

Course Info

View the course map to see the layout of race courses for Stage 1, 2 and 3.

Entry Fees

All Participants

Number Pickup & Registration

Numbers (which include a timing tag for Stage 3) may be picked up at the NYRR RUNCENTER at 320 West 57th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 9, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 12, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 13, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Show the QR code from your confirmation email or your My NYRR account to pick up your materials. Please pick up during the week to avoid crowds on event day. Numbers will be available on event day from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Event-day lines may impact your ability to get to the start on time. Commemorative water bottles, the souvenir for this event, will be available for pickup on race day only at Race-Day Central and are subject to availability.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition | Race Procedures | FAQs

Follow The MTA's Weekender schedule to plan your event-day transportation.

If you bike to the event, please follow our bike parking guidelines.

All information is subject to change.


All finishers will receive a ribbon. Top finishers in Stage 3 heats will be given podium awards.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00am

Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx

Various Distances

Download Course Map (PDF)

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3


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Registration will close at 11:59pm on Friday, April 13.



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