The Brooklyn Half Marathon is part of New York Road Runners’ five-borough series and will provide runners with an unforgettable running experience, taking them past many of Brooklyn’s iconic sites, such as Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, and Ocean Parkway.
This course is flat and fast, without significant hills or inclines, with plenty of pre- and post-party festivities filled with food and drink!
Brooklyn Half Marathon
The Brooklyn Half Marathon is one of the country’s premier half marathon events and a cherished New York tradition, established in 1981 and run annually by New York Road Runners. Starting at the Brooklyn Museum and ending on the Coney Island boardwalk – its point-to-point course offers runners an ideal way to challenge themselves or celebrate accomplishments with family and friends while exploring the unique neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
On May 20, 2024, this race will feature a 13.1-mile route offering views of Coney Island and Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, historic Flatbush Avenue, and brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods, along with music performances by local artists during its three-day pre-party. Furthermore, participation and spectatorship of this free event are open to people of all ages and abilities.
To help reduce its environmental footprint, the Brooklyn Half Marathon is taking steps to reduce waste and plastic use. They have partnered with All of Us Clothing to donate discarded runner clothes and use Volvo cars as lead vehicles; all leftover materials will also be composted at a local farm after each race.
RBC will serve as the title sponsor of this race and be present during both pre-party and post-race celebrations. As a global financial institution dedicated to community support, RBC partners with Mindful Motivation powered by Calm City for an audio experience that guides runners through visualization exercises designed to prepare them for race day.
The Brooklyn Half Marathon, established in 1981 and currently the largest half marathon in the US, is set to draw over 26,000 runners this year. Notable athletes include actress Ellie Kemper, MTV Catfish host Nev Schulman, and former NFL star Tiki Barber; additionally, a Boardwalk Kids Run will be designed for children 8-18.
Flushing Meadows Park Half Marathon
Flushing Meadows Park Half Marathon is an enjoyable run through one of New York City’s iconic parks, the site of two World’s Fairs in the 20th century. Offering scenic trails, sports venues, historical walks and recreation center facilities, indoor pools and lakes, and numerous cultural institutions and civic institutions, participants will experience incredible views from this flat course that accommodates runners of all abilities!
Queens Distance Runners, a community-minded organization, oversees this race every year. Comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds in Queens, its committee aims to produce an event that accurately represents its diversity.
Finishers will receive an exclusive runner’s jersey and medal at the finish. This race adheres to CDC standards to ensure an enjoyable experience, and its course features primarily flat terrain with long straightaways that provide stunning views of NYC landmarks like the Unisphere and Fountain of the Planets.
Water, electrolyte drinks, and gels will be provided on the course by volunteer runners while also maintaining a fully stocked table. Every loop will be timed in real time so you can track both your progress and that of others.
Parking will be accessible on race day; follow the signs and directional arrows for guidance through the course. Our parking lot is conveniently located adjacent to Queens Museum.
Avoiding lines on race day by paying the shipping fee when registering and having your shirt and bib shipped directly to your home before race day! This option is available until July 5.
To be eligible for prize drawings, your bib should be worn visibly on your chest or stomach and not hidden by clothing or shorts. A bib belt may offer added support. Also, plan to stay hydrated on the course and pack snacks!
New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon is one of the world’s premier marathon races, held every November and drawing thousands of runners from around the globe. Renowned for its vibrant crowd support, staying focused during such an exhilarating experience can be difficult; taking time out to relax can make all the difference between an average race experience and one that exceeds all expectations.
The New York City Marathon is a 26.2-mile course that travels through all five boroughs of the city, beginning on Staten Island at Verrazano Narrows Bridge and heading through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Bronx before crossing back over into Manhattan and ending in Central Park. It is known for its challenging hills and stunning views of its most iconic landmarks, including five bridges, Queensboro Bridge, and Madison Avenue Bridges.
After being postponed due to coronavirus pandemic cancellations, this year’s New York City Marathon is back at total capacity and expected to draw over 50,000 runners from around the globe. Furthermore, it serves as one of the premier fundraising efforts for charity annually by raising millions in proceeds for various charitable organizations in America.
Fans can watch their friends and family from the sides of the road or spectator areas in Central Park. Since spectator spots may be limited, it is wise to plan. Eventbrite offers tickets for seats near the finish line in Central Park.
Running runners can track their progress with the NYC Marathon app, which allows users to see their location in real-time and is accessible on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Other methods of following the race include following its leaderboard on NBC Sports or NYRR’s website; Albert Korir of Kenya and Peres Jepchirchir are currently reigning champions.
At this year’s New York City Marathon, many celebrities and athletes, including Matt James from “The Bachelor,” singers Zac Clark and Joe Amabile, as well as Stanley Cup Winner Zdeno Chara and Olympic Bobsled Gold Medalist Steve Mesler, will all take part. Be sure to bring along your cheering gear if you are running or just watching!
Rock n Roll New York Half Marathon
The Rock n’ Roll Running Series blends music and running into an unforgettable running experience that is sure to get your body moving. Held throughout the United States, its events feature bands, cheer teams, and water stations, in addition to an app providing real-time runner tracking – free of charge, but registration before each event must occur to reserve a place!
Although Rock n’ Roll events also provide marathons, their half-marathons tend to be larger due to an increasing trend toward half-marathons in the running world. Some runners enjoy the challenge of shorter distance races, while others appreciate the time savings of running half marathons.
The Brooklyn Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon promises runners an intense challenge as they navigate a course that spans several Brooklyn neighborhoods. Beginning from Grand Army Plaza and heading east along Eastern Parkway into Crown Heights before following Washington and Ocean Avenues into Prospect Park for several laps around East Drives before crossing the finish line at Center Drive, runners should expect an intense yet scenic course in Brooklyn’s finest half marathon event.
There are various ways of viewing the race directly. Runners can catch its start from Grand Army Plaza, located conveniently close to several subway stations. The starting line can be found on the east side of Grand Army Plaza near RFK Stadium; entry into Bartel Pritchard Square can also be gained after walking from 15th Street Station.
Rock n’ Roll series events feature live music and an expansive expo. This expo allows runners to pick up race packets while providing vendors with an opportunity to promote their products and services. Most expos are typically hosted in convention centers within city centers.
Competitor Group is a business, so they are interested in making its events successful; at the same time, they have a responsibility to their runners to provide them with an optimal experience. Though pleasing all participants may prove impossible, we must consider what works for most participants when planning our races.