New to GFNY

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in GFNY! We’re happy that you’re here.

If you are reading this page, you're probably thinking: What do I do next? It takes 3 steps to earn your GFNY finisher medal: 

  • Register now.
  • Train.
  • Race.

These three steps are simple, but they are not easy. Nothing easy is worth doing.

What is GFNY?

GFNY is the global endurance sports brand. GFNY provides you a consistent set of rules, an international peloton and races at destinations that offer a great athlete and family experience. At GFNY, you get the chance to race your best, test our physical and mental fortitude, overcome barriers and reach the finish line.

GFNY stands for Gran Fondo New York. “Gran Fondo” is the Italian term for “big challenge” and stems from skiing, swimming and cycling endurance races that started in the 1950s. GFNY brought the open-to-all marathon format known in running to cycling in 2010.

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GFNY is open to everyone

GFNY is open to all fitness levels and to any athlete over age of 16. To register, go to or go to the race’s website and register there. You do not need to qualify to take part in GFNY. You don’t need to be licensed with your federation to take part in GFNY.

GFNY is a personal endurance challenge where you compete against others, the clock and yourself. Some athletes will compete for the podium, others will do their best to beat the cut-off. GFNY is about doing your best. You make the event what you want it to be. But it is meant to be a personal challenge.

GFNY Marathon and Half Marathon races are chip timed and provide rankings and overall and age group awards. The Fun Run is chip timed, but times are listed in alphabetical order.

What can you expect on race day?

Every athlete regardless of ability, talent, level or placement in the start corrals will BE A PRO FOR A DAY ®. The entire racecourse is police-monitored for start-to-finish chip timing of all athletes. The course has cheering friendly volunteers and aid stations to keep you fueled. The race staff ensures whatever your pace, you will receive the same support and treatment for your entire race.

GFNY World events provide you that same challenge in locations around the world. Additionally, you get the chance to earn a spot in the qualifier corral at every GFNY. All GFNY events provide the following for you to BE A PRO FOR A DAY:

  • Mass start
  • Individual chip timing from start to finish with awards for all categories
  • Closed roads or police moderated traffic that ensures you don't have to stop during the race

Select your race

If you already know what race you want to take part in, great! If you are looking to find a good first race, use our Race Finder to find the race best suited to your schedule and desired location.


You can register from your race’s website or from inside your account by going to


More than just a race! Become an official part of the GFNY family and enjoy exclusive GFNY Club benefits like coaching and gear discounts, group rides, Club start corral, and more. 

Join the GFNY Club today!

Planning the race & travel

Every race has detailed travel information available to make your travel experience smooth and seamless. Check out the TRAVEL section of your race’s website to plan your travel dates, which airport to fly into, official partner hotels, ground transfers, local tourism attractions, bike shop information and more.

Check whether your race has any document requirements, such as a license or medical certificate for select races.

Be sure to purchase travel insurance to provide you protection for your trip in case of travel delays, or medical or car issues while you are abroad.

Category, data and distance changes

During registration, you select your preferred racing distance (marathon or half marathon), team name, singlet size, country represented and other personal data. 

Making changes online: You can edit certain ticket information anytime until 21 days before the race by logging into your account and editing your ticket. 

If you are unable to make a change and need help, contact us.

Making changes on-site: If you miss the 21-day data changes cutoff, no problem - come to Registrations & Data Changes booth at the expo and we will make your distance / data change onsite.

If your singlet does not fit you, we offer a Singlet Exchange booth at the expo. We will do our best to provide an exchange singlet in, or near, your ideal size.
You can change your race distance even during the race. Your ticket is your entry into the race, regardless of the distance you complete. There are various check points along the course. As you pass various check points, the timing chip on your bike detects which course you are running.

If you signed up for the half marathon but are feeling great and want to take on the full marathon, you can. If you signed up for the marathon and are not feeling like today is the day to accomplish this goal, you can switch to the half marathon.The timing company at the race is reviewing the points where your timing chip was detected and reclassifies any athlete to the distance they ran.

Contact us with any questions

After reading the race website and Race Guide, if you still have questions about your race that were not answered, please contact your race organizer via the race’s Contact Us page. 

We wish you Happy Training! Best of Luck for your race! And we look forward to seeing you again at another GFNY finish line real soon!

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