Empire State Half Marathon

Rockland Lake State Park
Congers, NY 10920

Running > 5k, Half Marathon

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Event Description

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The Empire State Half Marathon and 5k are the flattest and fastest half marathon course on the East Coast.  In just 4+ laps around Rockland Lake State Park, you'll walk away with a big shiny medal, a tech race shirt, and hopefully a shiny new personal best!

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Race Schedule

8:00am - 5k Start

9:00am - Half Marathon Start

9:15am - 5k Awards

Noon - Half Marathon Award Ceremony


The course is a USATF-certified loop around scenic Rockland Lake.


Course Profile 

As shown on the Rockland Lake Half Marathon Strava Segment, the course has 135' of elevation over the 13.1 miles. The difference between its highest elevation point (170') and lowest (155') is just 15', making it a pancake flat loop.



Runners will be put in corrals based on estimated seed times provided during registration.


Fueling Stations

There are water stations every mile with both water and Gatorade.


Elite Athlete Program (EAP)

The EAP provides a complimentary entry, personal water stations, preferred baggage claim, and for some, free lodging. Please email empirestatehalfmarathon@gmail.com your running resume for consideration.



5k: Age Group Medals (19 and under, 20-24, 25-39, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+)

HM: Age Group Medals (19 and under, 20-24, 25-39, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+)

Empire State Challenge: Completing both the 5k and HM


Open Prize Money

$500 - First male/female  $300 Second male/female.  $200 Third male/female


Masters Prize Money (Age Graded)

$500 - First male/female  $300 Second male/female.  $200 Third male/female


Partnership with Garden State 10 

Both the Empire State HM and Garden State 10 are presented by the Garden State Track Club, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to offering discounts on both races in 2023, runners have the chance to earn the oversized GW Bridge Medal.

The Garden State 10 Miler is on Sunday, March 26, 2023 in Colonial Park (Somerset, NJ).


GW Bridge Medal

Any runner finishing both the Garden State 10 Miler (on March 26, 2023) and Empire State Half Marathon will receive the GW Bridge medal at the awards at the conclusion of the Empire State Half.



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