Runners prepare to race ‘For the Love of Queens’ at Flushing Meadows

Photo courtesy of Queens Distance Runners

Show your love for the “World’s Borough” at Flushing Meadows Corona Park this February during the “For the Love of Queens” 5K.

The Queens Distance Runners (QDR) set up the run, scheduled to take place the day before Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 13, to show their love and support of Queens and its runners.

Runners participating in the “For the Love of Queens” race will travel along the USA Track & Field (USATF) measured and certified 5K distance course that starts at the bottom of the boardwalk from the 7 train at Mets-Willets Point and the Long Island Rail Road station, according to QDR.

Once the starting horn goes off, runners will begin their trip around Flushing Meadows Corona Park, taking in all the iconic sights, including the Queens Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, which will make for great photo opportunities.

Registration price for the race is $25 until race day. Registering on race day will cost $30. Packet pickup and race-day registration opens at 8 a.m. on Feb. 13, with the start time at 9 a.m. The first 200 runners to register for the race will receive a special gift.

“Just in case you’re feeling cold when you lace up at Flushing Meadows, you’ll get a chance to warm up with a QDR beanie that comes with your registration if you are one of the first 200 to sign up,” QDR announced on their website.

Kids can get involved in showing their love for the borough in the QDR’s Kids Mile. This mile is hand-timed, and kids will run half a mile, then turn back and run the other way. The Kids Mile begins at 8:15 a.m., so plan to arrive before 8 a.m. Registration for the Kids Mile is $5.

For more information on the “For the Love of Queens” race, visit the QDR website.

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