Register for the 2021 Queens Marathon and QDR Half Marathon brought to you by the Queens Distance Runners!
The Queens Marathon and QDR Half Marathon will be held on April 10th and April 30th in 2021 at the crown jewel park of Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Join us as we celebrate and highlight one of the most energized and diverse counties in America. View course and more relevant race information at this link.
New for the April 10th and April 30th dates: we worked with the NYC Parks Department and can now host the event to 200 runners in one wave!
The Queens Marathon is organized by the Queens Distance Runners (QDR), a community-oriented running club comprised of members from all over Queens, from Astoria to the Rockaways. In addition to organizing and producing the Queens Marathon and QDR Half Marathon, the Queens Distance Runners organize additional annual race events ranging in distance from the mile through to the marathon. Taking the lead to assure the success of the event is the Queens Marathon Committee, made up of folks from different Queens-centric walks of life. The committee remains singularly focused on producing an event equally representative of the running community and of Queens itself.
Reaching Out to the Running Community
The Queens Marathon is extending invitations to all local running clubs throughout Queens and the NYC area to participate in the event. Running clubs have a long history of helping individual runners achieve their fitness goals in a friendly and social atmosphere.
The Queens Marathon is also proud to associate itself with Queens-based organizations and businesses. This will ensure our place as a community event that all Queens residents can get behind, whether they’re an athlete or not. Every runner can expect to take home an #itsinqueens “Swag Bag”, organized in collaboration with the Queens Tourism Council, full of giveaway items sure to keep runners returning to Queens year-round.
Local organizations supported by the Queens Marathon include: Queens Economic Development Corporation (Queens Tourism Council), Queens Community House, Queens Theatre, NY Mets, Queens County Savings Bank, and dozens of unique “mom-and-pop” businesses throughout the borough.
The World Is Waiting
The 5th Annual Queens Marathon, presented by Queens Distance Runners and with significant support from the local community and the running community at large, will be better than the previous years. We’re eager to provide The World’s Borough with the event it deserves by celebrating Queens on the world stage. Our slogan “The World Is Waiting” has a two-fold meaning. The race is an individual runner’s springboard to future marathon success and it will bring a lifetime of distance running conquests throughout the globe, from the TCS New York City Marathon to the Boston Marathon to the Berlin Marathon and beyond. The slogan also represents the inclusivity and diversity that is Queens’ signature: the Unisphere. The Unisphere is our borough’s symbol and a representation of the Queens Marathon. We would like nothing more than to see runners from around the globe conquer 26.2 and 13.1 miles right here in Queens, The World’s Borough.
Interested participants can register at https://events.elitefeats.com/qm21. More information on the event can be referred to at queensmarathon.org. Follow the event on Instagram at @thequeensmarathon. Sponsorship opportunities are available through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized annually every Spring, the Queens Marathon is a looped course which we fully use to our advantage to create an atmosphere where the runner and the spectator work together. Friends of Queens Distance, dozens of the New York City area running clubs, and the general public take a patch of the course and support participants throughout the course of the event. Runners have come around to the idea of our looped course, as they bond with the crowd and volunteers, who in turn remember the personality and determination of each runner.
While it is our goal to bring a full Queens Marathon to the streets, it is our immediate goal to focus on connecting our runners with our local civic associations, non-profit partners and cultural institutions that endlessly work to develop our communities. Bringing the race to life was the first step, and before we bring the runners through our diverse and inclusive neighborhoods one day, it will be our collective mission to celebrate Queens at every turn in Flushing Meadows Corona Park!
2020 COVID-19 Update:
Please find more information on the 2020 Queens Marathon and the Inaugural QDR Half Marathon postponement on the COVID-19 update page.