Public Transit from New York City (Easy!)

New Rochelle is close to the city on the New Haven (red) line.

[Updated October 4, 2023)]

New Rochelle is 22 miles north of midtown Manhattan — just 4 train stops away.

Getting to the race by public transit is pretty damn easy. A 35-minute Metro North train from Grand Central and a 1.5-mile taxi is all it takes. (The NewRo transit station also serves Amtrak and buses.)

The most up-to-date info is at the Metro North website. You have three train choices from Grand Central on the New Haven (red) line to get you to the 9 am start:

  • 6:36 (arriving 7:11) – Best choice – If you want to be relaxed.
  • 7:36 (arriving 8:11) –  If you enjoy being stressed that you will still be able to claim your bib by 8:30.
  • 8:36 (arriving 9:11) – Congrats! You missed the start! If you already have your bib, you can still run, but if the timing mats are gone (last musket shot at 9:12)  you are self-timing and doing a virtual race. You are not eligible for awards. There also may be no volunteers or water on the course, nor food at the finish, depending on when you start and how fast you run. If you make it to the finish by 12:30, you’ll still get a medal if we have any left.


By Train: Take Metro North train out of Grand Central on the New Haven (red) line to New Rochelle. From there you can catch a taxi to the start for about $8. (Destination: North Avenue and Broadview.) Look for other runners to share a cab with, as we always have a healthy contingent from NYC coming in by train.

To find the taxi stands at the station: Go up the stairs to the bridge at the south end of the platform. One taxi stand will be to your left. You can find a second stand if you cross the bridge, go down the stairs and through the station house.

If doing it by bike or by foot, just go 1.5 miles north on North Avenue.

The awards ceremony should start around 11:45-ish.

Return trains are every half hour:  11:32; 12:02; 12:32; 1:02; and 1:32

Taxi services to get back to the station:

Union Taxi  (914) 576-1600
Red Fox Taxi (914) 636-6006
United Taxi Company (914) 632-6888
Green Team (914) 576-1200

By Bus: Buses use the same depot as the train station, so getting to/from the station/race is the same. Schedules are too varied to put here, of course, as they depend on where you are coming from.


2 thoughts on “Public Transit from New York City (Easy!)”

  1. Hi,

    You don’t have package pickup available in the city at all, do you? I don’t know how I would get there to get the materials before race day


  2. No pick-up in the city; it’s too logistically difficult to arrange.

    If you take the train you will pull in at 8:08, and then it is a 7-minute taxi to the start.

    Last year we didn’t have a problem, though obviously if a packet can be picked up earlier it is better.

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