Tip Of The Day

Build a Foundation

Add some variety to your exercise routine. Run one day and strength train the next. This will not only hold your interest in the workouts longer, but it will give your body the time it needs for recovery. Additionally, you are covering more muscle groups throughout the body and keeping the workouts motivating and different.

To build up endurance for your 5K race include some interval training as part of your regimen. Use hill sessions and up-tempo to your runs to do this. Hold a steady running pace where you do not feel like you are just about to die, but that you can keep going.

Head to the track for shorter interval runs while learning to pace yourself. Learn to conserve your energy during the first part of the race and then to let go in the second half so you can make it to the finish line of you 5K race.

NYCRUNS COCOA CLASSIC 5K & 10K

Join us as we wrap up the year at our annual Cocoa Classic 5K & 10K on Roosevelt Island! This mid-December event comes at the perfect time to break up the holiday season, helping you stay fit and focused amid all the cookies and cocktail parties. 

Event details and schedule

COURSE

If you haven't raced at Roosevelt Island before, you're in for a treat. Fast, flat and with one of a kind views of Manhattan, Queens, and beyond: you're going to have a blast!

5K & 10K Course Map


AMENITIES

Bag check and toilets will be provided. The giveaway for this race will be a cocoa mug. Water and Gatorade will be available on the course, and bagels, spreads, fresh fruit and more will make up the usual great NYCRUNS post race spread to greet you at the finish line. 

There is also an optional cocoa series shirt available for purchase at checkout.


PACKET PICKUP

Race day packet pickup will be available in the festival near the starting line beginning at 7:00 AM. There will be no off site packet pickup for this event.


BIB MAILING

If registering on or before 11/15 you can choose to have your bib mailed to you for an additional fee of $15. You must choose this option when registering and the bib must be mailed to the address you enter at that time. Shirts will not be mailed; they will be available to pick up at the race. Shipping to domestic US addresses only.


COST

See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks. Race day registration (if available) is cash or credit, no checks please. Register early to make things easier for us and cheaper for you! You may register for both races for an additional $20.

     
Through 10/11 $30  
Through 12/3 $35  
Until online registration closes $40  
Race day (if available) $50  

RESULTS, AWARDS, FINISH LINE PHOTOS & VIDEO

Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall in each race. Age group awards in the 5K will be awarded to the top three in each the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.  Age group awards in the 10K will be awarded to the top three in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. Our awards policies are available here.

Finish line photos and video will also be available on the results page. These may not be published for several days.


VOLUNTEER

Want to race this one for free? Volunteer at any of these upcoming events and rack up as much credit as you can. Or in lieu of credit for yourself, you can have us donate $25 per shift to a cause partner of your choice. What’s this all about, anyway? Learn more about the volunteer program here.


DIRECTIONS

Take the F train or Tram to Roosevelt Island.  All pre- and post-race activities are on Firefighters Field, a short walk from public transit, close to the start and finish.

Please check MTA Trip Planner for up to date and detailed mass transit directions and Google Maps for driving directions. Parking is limited at all of our events, we strongly encourage you to use mass transit. If you do choose to drive, please park in the garage where you exit the bridge, roughly half a mile north of Firefighters Field. There is no available parking near Firefighter's Field.


POLICIES

The standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies, unless you are signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program. NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks. Strollers or dogs are not allowed in NYCRUNS races and you may be disqualified if earbuds or headphones hinder your awareness. You must remain on pace to finish within the time limit in order to receive course support and an official finish time. Please familiarize yourself with our complete policies and rules of competition.

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