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Race Day Essentials

We're so excited to welcome you all to the biggest and best Brooklyn Half ever. From our three-day Pre-Party presented by New Balance in Dumbo, to the race that takes in some of the most iconic Brooklyn landmarks, it's going to be an unforgettable event. Please take the time to check out all our communications online, and familiarize yourself with our race-day essentials. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you all!


NYRR works with city, state, and federal authorities, as well as private professionals, to implement a comprehensive security plan for event participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff. We ask for your full cooperation with these procedures in order to avoid any interruption of the day’s events. Some aspects of security may cause delays or slight inconveniences at the start and finish areas, and we appreciate your understanding.

Getting to the Start

We strongly recommend that runners take public transportation to the start at the Brooklyn Museum. The following are public transportation options:

  • 2/3/4 subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station, or 2, 3, or 4 to Franklin Avenue station
  • Q subway to Seventh Avenue or Prospect Park stations—recommended for participants parking in Coney Island
  • S subway to Botanic Garden (Brooklyn Shuttle) R

Runner drop-off is available at the following locations:

  • Corner of Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway. Access from the east, south, and north only (Eastern Parkway will be closed from Grand Army Plaza to Bedford Avenue for race set-up)
  • North side of Grand Army Plaza at Flatbush Avenue

Please note that no parking is available at the start area. Please see below for information on Coney Island parking for those wishing to park at the finish.


Baggage check will be staged in the Brooklyn Museum parking lot at the start. The only entry to the lot is the Washington Avenue entrance south of Eastern Parkway (see map). Only runners will have access to this area.

We strongly encourage you not to bring a bag to the race, but if you must bring one, you’ll need to use the clear drawstring bag provided at the Brooklyn Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance. Check any personal items in the clear bag with the numbered baggage label affixed. Runners must check all bags brought to the race and may not put backpacks or other bags inside the clear bag. Once you hand your clear bag to an NYRR staff member at your designated baggage truck (organized by bib range), you will be directed to leave the parking lot area. All other bags and anything left unattended will be confiscated, and NYRR and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time.

Please allow additional time for enhanced security measures; all bags will be inspected upon entering the parking lot. Baggage will be checked into baggage zones based on the following bib ranges:

Zone # Bib #
Baggage Zone 0/1 1–1999
Baggage Zone 2/3 2000–3999
Baggage Zone 4/5 4000–5999
Baggage Zone 6/7 6000–7999
Baggage Zone 8/9 8000–9999
Baggage Zone 10/11 10000–11999
Baggage Zone 12/13 12000–13999
Baggage Zone 14/15 14000–15999
Baggage Zone 16/17 16000–17999
Baggage Zone 18/19 18000–19999
Baggage Zone 20/21 20000–21999
Baggage Zone 22/23 22000–23999
Baggage Zone 24/25 24000–25999
Baggage Zone 26/27 26000–27999
Baggage Zone 28/29 28000–29999
Baggage Zone 30/31 30000–31999
Baggage Zone 32/33 32000–33999
Baggage Zone 34/35 34000–35999
Baggage Zone 36/37 36000–37999
Baggage Zone 38/39 38000–39999


Corrals and Start

To reduce crowding and enhance the runner experience, the race will start in two waves.

Start timeline:

5:00 a.m. – Baggage and security check points open
5:30 a.m. – Corrals open
6:20 a.m. – Baggage closes: Wave 1/bib numbers 1–19999
6:30 a.m. – Corrals close: Wave 1/bib numbers 1–19999
6:55 a.m. – Baggage closes: Wave 2/bib numbers 20000–39999
7:05 a.m. – Corrals close: Wave 2/bib numbers 20000–39999
7:00 a.m. – WAVE 1 START: bib numbers 1–19999
7:35 a.m. – WAVE 2 START: bib numbers 20000–39999

The start line is on Washington Avenue just south of Eastern Parkway. All runners will be guided to start corrals on Eastern Parkway as they exit the baggage-check area.

  • Bib numbers 1–19999 will corral on Eastern Parkway from Washington Avenue, starting with lower bibs, heading east to Franklin Avenue
  • Bib numbers 20000–39999 will corral on Eastern Parkway from Washington Avenue, starting with lowest numbers, heading west toward Grand Army Plaza
  • Please refer to the start map for your corral location. Corrals will close promptly at the indicated times.
  • Runners who are assigned to different corrals but wish to start together may do so by going to the corral corresponding to the higher number.
  • Your bib must be pinned to the front of your outermost layer of clothing so that the B-tag timing device will function properly.
  • No hydration packs will be permitted in the start corrals or along the course. Small pouches/belts will be permitted.
  • At the start, toilets will be located only inside the start corrals. Bags will not be permitted inside the corrals. There will also be toilets along the course at each fluid station. Please note these toilets will also be subject to security screening, bags will not be permitted inside the toilets.
  • There will be no trash cans in the race vicinity this weekend. Please place your trash in the clear plastic bags around the start and finish areas.

As always, NYRR reserves the right to disqualify anyone who does not line up in the appropriate corral, does not follow the instructions of race officials, relieves him- or herself anywhere except in the portable toilets provided, or does not stay within the delineated lanes along the course.

Finish and Post-Finish

NYRR is working closely with the New York Police Department to ensure a safe experience for all runners and spectators at the event. Additional security restrictions may be implemented on race day, and the finish line and other post-finish areas may not be accessible. Please review the Finish area map and check back regularly for updates.

  • As runners approach the finish, they will turn south off Surf Avenue onto West 10th Street and head onto the boardwalk. They will then turn west on the boardwalk, continue approximately 540 feet down the boardwalk, and finish in front of Nathan’s Famous. Announcements and musical entertainment will welcome runners at the finish line!
  • After finishing, runners will walk west along the boardwalk and collect their finisher medal, have an opportunity to get their picture taken by MarathonFoto, and receive water, Gatorade, and food.
  • Age-group awards will be distributed in the MCU parking lot.
  • Medical services and personnel will be available post-finish.
  • Your family and friends can find out where you are at the end of the race by calling the Runner Information Hotline at 800.496.6193. They will need to know your bib number.

Family Reunion is located in the MCU parking lot west of the finish line and will be organized alphabetically by last name. This is the earliest and best place to easily reunite with your friends and family members after the race. Remind them to add 15 to 30 minutes to your projected finishing time when estimating when to meet you at Family Reunion. Family members/spectators should plan not to bring a bag to the finish area. Please keep a government-issued photo ID with you and know that all bags are subject to being searched and tagged, checked, or not allowed by NYPD and security personnel.

Toilets are located inside the MCU lot for runners and family members. Toilets will be secured, and all bags will be screened before they are allowed into the area.

Baggage may be claimed in the MCU parking lot. The baggage area is limited to runners only. Runners will be required to show their bib numbers to enter the baggage area. Unclaimed baggage will be taken to NYRR headquarters (9 East 89th Street) and made available beginning 12:00 noon on Monday, May 20. Any baggage not claimed by Tuesday, May 28, will be donated to charity.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers near the finish line at 8:15 a.m. Age-group awards will be available after the race; awards not picked up on race day will be available at NYRR headquarters at 9 East 89th Street in Manhattan beginning Wednesday, May 22, at 12:00 noon. Arrangements can also be made to have awards mailed to our out-of-town recipients.

Enjoy great deals and discounts in Coney Island through Run the City! Use your runner bib, and have your friends and family print out a Run the City access pass!


There are a limited number of parking lots/spaces around the finish area in Coney Island. The MCU Park parking lot will not be available for runner parking.

Parking Areas:

  • New York Aquarium Surf Avenue and West 8th Street
    Rate: $10; cash only Entry open 4:00–7:00 a.m. (exit any time)
  • Brighton Beach Municipal Parking Field Brightwater Court between Brighton 2nd Street and Brighton 4th Street
    Rate: 25¢ per 10 minutes, 5-hour time limit Ticket machine accepts quarters, dollar coins, NYC Parking Cards, and credit cards
  • Parking Lot Surf Avenue and West 17th Street (Parking attendants will direct runners to lots)
    Rate: $15; cash only Opens: 4:00 a.m.

Results, Coverage, and Photos

Complete results, coverage, and photo galleries will be available at by 7:00 p.m. on race day. Live tracking will be available on race day through TrackMyRunners via web; with tracking of up to 10 runners at a time while the race is in progress. Fans will be able to get runners' splits every 5K, view them on the course map, and find out their pace and predicted finish time. These cool analytics and stats are available after the race, too, so runners can check out their own performance.

Photos are available through MarathonFoto. To order yours, watch for a post-race e-mail from MarathonFoto or visit

Spectator Tips

Make sure your family, friends, and fans share in the Brooklyn Half excitement by watching the race on the streets of Brooklyn, in Prospect Park, on Ocean Parkway, and in Coney Island!

Recommended viewing locations:

  • Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Empire Boulevard
  • West Side of Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue at the intersection of Empire Boulevard
  • East side of Ocean Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Parkside Avenue
  • North side of Parkside Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Park Circle
  • North side of Park Circle in the zebra-striped road area near the park entrance
  • Finish Line (Coney Island Boardwalk between West 15th Street and Stillwell Avenue)

To view the race in several locations, we recommend watching in Prospect Park and then taking the F train to the West Eighth Street/Stillwell Avenue station.

Race Details

Three-Hour Time Limit

In the interest of safety, and to allow Brooklyn streets to re-open as scheduled, the Brooklyn Half will have a three-hour time limit. Participants who are not able to maintain a 13:45-per-mile pace (based on the time when the last runner crosses the start line) will have the opportunity to board a sweep bus starting at mile 7 for transport to the post-finish area at Coney Island. These participants may choose instead to continue running on the sidewalks, but should be aware that fluid stations and other course amenities may not be available. They will be able to cross the finish line, but depending on the timeframe, they may or may not be recorded as an official finisher. They can contact our Race Scoring team to request 9+1 ING New York City Marathon qualifying credit for the race. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

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