On Saturday, September 9th at 9am, celebrate Hellgate Bridge's 100th birthday with the Hellgate Road Runners and Astoria Post at Astoria Park. We are hosting a Kids' 100 Meter Dash and 5K Fun Run through Astoria Park and close by neighborhoods. Bring your friends and family to run, jog, or walk this beautiful area of Queens. The kids' race is free to ages 11 years old and younger.
After the awards, there will be a Little Ones Parade (around 10:30-11am), Hellgate 100 Year and Veteran's Memorial Service (11-11:30am).
At noon (12pm), an after-party being held at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Click here for more information and directions. A raffle will be held at Singlecut for those present!
>>Online Registration closes Friday, September 8th at 5pm. You can sign up on race day at 8am in Astoria Park Basketball Court on Shore Blvd.
>>Only the first 300 participants are guaranteed shirts or coozies
>>Due to a DSNY Event, the course map has changed.
>>Parking at Astoria Park will not be available on race day.
5K (3.1 Mile) Route - click on course map to see route:
> THE FUN RUN STARTS ON SHORE BLVD NEAR THE HELLGATE BRIDGE
> FOLLOW SHORE BLVD NORTH TO 20TH AVENUE
> TAKE A RIGHT ONTO 20TH AVENUE HEADING EAST
> THE TURNAROUND POINT IS AT 33RD STREET HEADING WEST (water station) **update**
> TAKE A LEFT ONTO SHORE BLVD HEADING SOUTH
> TAKE A LEFT ONTO DITMARS BLVD FOLLOWING THE PERIMETER OF THE PARK (water station)
> TAKE A RIGHT ONTO 19TH STREET FOLLOWING THE PERIMETER OF THE PARK
> ENTER THE PARK AT 23RD ROAD AND RUN NORTH AROUND THE TOP OF THE GREAT LAWN, FOLLOWING THE PATH DOWN TO THE MEMORIAL
> TAKE A RIGHT ONTO SHORE BLVD AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL AND FINISH IN FRONT OF THE HELLGATE BRIDGE & GREAT LAWN
> THE FINISH UNDER THE HELLGATE BRIDGE AT THE ASTORIA PARK GREAT LAWN (water, Gatorade, food, etc…)
**Click here for the Course Map to view route**
5K Mile Markers and Water Stations
1-mile mark is on 20th Avenue and 28th Street. (water station)
2-mile mark is on Shore Blvd between 20th Road and 21st Avenue
3-mile mark is on Shore Blvd near the playground
Kids 100m Dash Info
> Starts at the corner of Ditmars and Shore Blvd. It finishes just under the Hellgate Bridge.
> It's free for kids under 11 years old.
> Medals will be provided to the first 100 participants.
Race Day Schedule
8:00am - Packet Pickup / Same Day Registration (Basketball Court on Shore Blvd)
8:00am - Bag Drop Off (Basketball Court on Shore Blvd)
8:30am - Kid's 100m Dash (starting at the corner of Shore Blvd & Ditmars - click here for course map of the route)
9:00am - 5K Fun Run (starting near Great Lawn on Shore Blvd - see course map for route)
10:00am - Awards (Great Lawn)
10:30am - Little Ones Parade (Shore Blvd)
11:00am - 100 Year Hellgate Bridge Service, 9/11 Service, & Veterans Memorial Service
12pm - An afterparty will be hosted at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. RSVP & Information
5k Fun Run Registration Costs
$25 Individual (guaranteed shirt/coozie)
$30 Individual August 15th - Race Day (September 9th)
***shirts may not be guaranteed after 300 participants***
Please sign up online or you can stop by the basketball courts in Astoria Park at 8am for same day registration.
Refreshments will be served after the race. Facilities will be available between the finish and start lines.
Would like to donate to help fund our event? Please click on this link to donate! Your donation may be tax-deductible!
Interested in joining the Hellgate Road Runners? Click on this link to our team website.
Is your answer not here? Feel free to email Race Director, Jessica Tusing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook!
Thank you for your interest and Run Like Hellgate!
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What time does the event start?
8:00am - Packet Pickup/Registration and Bag Drop Off opens (Location TBD)
8:30am - Kids 100m Dash begins (near the cross-streets of Shore Blvd and Ditmars)
9:00am - 5K Fun Run begins (Near the Great Lawn on Shore Blvd)
Noon - An afterparty will be hosted at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. RSVP & Information
Q. Where does the 5K start? Where does it end?
See uploaded course map on our marketing page.
Q. Where does the kids’ 100 Meter Dash start and end?
Q. How much does it cost to register?
It’s $30 per walker/runner for the 5K fun run. The kids’ 100m dash is free and open to children no older than 11 years old. For registrants under age 18, a parent/guardian must sign a waiver. Prices went up on August 15th!
Q. Will there be on-site registration?
Yes, but we’d love if you would pre-register so we have a better idea of how many participants to expect.
Q. What do the proceeds of the fun run support?
Any proceeds will benefit the Hellgate Road Runners, a not-for-profit community organization. Learn more about us at hrronline.org.
Q. Will there be T-shirts?
You bet! But we can only guarantee your size if you pre-register by August 14th.
Q. Is there a bag check?
Yes, there will be a guarded bag check from 8am to 11am, though we can’t be responsible for any lost items.
Q. Will there be bibs?
Indeed there will! We want you to look official as you zip around Astoria Park.
Q. Will the fun run be timed?
No, this is a fun run, however, we will have a clock at the finish. Feel free to time yourself, though!
Q. Is the 5K course USATF-certified?
No, this is a fun run. Please click on course map to view route.
Q. Is there an age restriction for runners of the 5K or the kids’ 100m Dash?
Runners/walkers must be no younger than 11 years old for the 5K, and no older than 11 years old for the kids’ 100m Dash. For registrants under age 18, a parent/guardian must sign a waiver.
Q. May I push my baby in a stroller? Run with my dog on his leash?
Due to insurance restrictions, strollers and dogs are not permitted on the course.
Q. May I walk it or do I have to run?
As it is a fun run, you may walk or run but you must be off the course by 10:30am. If you have not completed the 5K by then but would like to cross the finish line, we ask that you move to the sidewalk and travel cautiously for the remainder of the route.