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Brooklyn Half Race-Day Essentials

Please take the time to check out the important race-day info below, and check back for updates. It's also a good idea to check our FAQs page. We can’t wait to see you on race day!

Getting to the Start

We strongly recommend that you take public transportation to the start. View our start-area map and use MTA Trip Planner to plan your trip. The most convenient trains for access to the start area are:

  • Runners in Wave 1 (1-19999): Take the 2 to Franklin Avenue This will be the last stop on the 2 from Manhattan on race day, and there will be no 3 service. All 2 trains will skip the Brooklyn Museum stop from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on race day. 

  • Runners in Wave 2 (20000-39999): Take the 2 to Grand Army Plaza or Q to 7th Avenue/Flatbush The 4 train from Manhattan will terminate at Atlantic Avenue; runners can switch at Atlantic to the 2 or Q.


Please allow at least an additional 30 minutes of travel time on race morning to account for weekend service, and please note that the walk from the subway stations to the start area is five to 10 minutes. 

All runners will be subject to baggage inspection and metal-detector screening prior to entering the start area. Plan to leave at least 45 minutes to clear security, drop off baggage and make it into your start corral.



Runner Drop-off Locations

  • Wave 1 runners: 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)

  • Wave 2 runners: North side of Grand Army Plaza at Flatbush Avenue

There is NO parking available near the start area.

You may also choose to drive to Coney Island and take the subway to the start. The New York Aquarium offers safe, convenient paid parking on first-come, first-served basis. The lot, which is on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street, opens at 4:30 a.m. on race day.

Baggage and Security

Please review our Enhanced Security Measures for NYRR events, and please consider not checking a bag at the Brooklyn Half. If you choose to check a bag on race day, it must be the clear plastic bag that you receive at the Pre-Party Presented by New Balance, with the sticker affixed to the front of the bag; no other bag will be accepted at baggage check.

Baggage check will be in the Brooklyn Museum parking lot. The only entry to the lot is the Washington Avenue entrance south of Eastern Parkway. Only runners (not friends and family) will have access to this area. All runners will be subject to baggage inspection and metal-detector screening prior to entering the start area. Plan to leave at least 45 minutes to clear security, drop off baggage and make it into your start corral. You will drop your bag at the baggage truck that corresponds to your bib number and baggage label. Runners will not be permitted to enter the baggage trucks. A start-area map will be posted soon.

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, you’ll be directed to leave the parking lot area. All other bags and anything left unattended will be confiscated. NYRR and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time.

Please allow enough time to drop off your bag and get to your corral before it closes for your wave start. Baggage closing times for your wave are listed in the Wave Starts Info and Timeline section (below). Your bag will be transported to the finish.

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

Please note:

  • NYRR and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time.

  • Any bag left unattended will be confiscated by NYPD and could cause an interruption to the day’s events.

  • Runners are subject to security screenings at our toilet locations.

Wave Starts Info and Timeline

All runners will be subject to baggage inspection and metal-detector screening prior to entering the start area. Plan to leave at least 45 minutes to clear security, drop off baggage and make it into your start corral.

The Brooklyn Half will have two wave starts for runners, preceded by a start for wheelchair and handcycle athletes.

2014 Brooklyn Half - Start Corral Timing

Start Groups

 

Baggage
Opens

Corrals
Open

Baggage
Closes

Corrals
Close

Race
Start

Corrals
Clear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheelchairs
Handcycles

 

**

6:00 a.m.

**

6:40 a.m.

6:50 a.m.

6:52 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wave 1
Runners

 

5:30 a.m.

6:00 a.m.

6:20 a.m.

6:40 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

7:35 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wave 2
Runners

 

5:30 a.m.

6:00 a.m.

7:10 a.m.

7:20 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

8:10 a.m.

The start line is on Washington Avenue just south of Eastern Parkway. Runners will be guided to the start corrals on Eastern Parkway as they exit the baggage-check area. Corrals will close promptly at the indicated times. A start map will be posted soon.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No hydration packs or backpacks 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. All toilets will be subject to security screening, and bags will not be permitted inside the toilets.
  • There will be a Goodwill bin in each corral for clothing donation.
  • There will be no trash cans in the race vicinity. Please place your trash in the clear plastic bags around the start and finish areas.
  • NYRR reserves the right to disqualify anyone who does not line up in the appropriate corral, does not follow the instructions of race officials, uses any alternative to the portable toilets provided, or does not stay within the delineated lanes along the course.

Course and Three-Hour Time Limit

Runners start near the Brooklyn Museum and run the first couple of miles past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and around Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza before entering Prospect Park. After a loop around the park, runners exit from the southwest corner onto Ocean Parkway and cruise toward Brooklyn’s world-famous Coney Island and the finish on the boardwalk. Check the course map (available as a PDF on the race page) for the location of fluid stations, refreshments, and entertainment along the course. 

In the interest of safety, and to allow Brooklyn streets to reopen as scheduled, the Brooklyn Half has 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 they 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 time frame, they may or may not be recorded as official finishers. They can contact our Race Scoring team to request 9+1 TCS New York City Marathon qualifying credit for the race. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

Finish and Post-Finish

NYRR is working closely with the NYPD to ensure a safe experience for all runners and spectators. Additional security restrictions may be implemented on race day. Please familarize yourself with our finish and post-finish maps.

  • 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 700 feet down the boardwalk, and finish in front of Tom’s Coney Island. Announcements and musical entertainment will welcome runners at the finish line! There will be bleachers for approximately 200 spectators; these bleachers will be open to spectators on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • After the finish line, runners will walk west along the boardwalk, collect their finisher medals, and have their pictures taken by MarathonFoto. Refreshments (water, Gatorade, bagels, pretzels, bananas, and PowerBar Protein Plus bars) and medical services and personnel will be available.
  • Baggage claim and toilets will be located in the MCU parking lot, which will be restricted to runners only--no exceptions. Runners should plan in advance to meet their friends and family at MCU Park or at another location. Remind your loved ones to add 15 to 30 minutes to your projected finishing time when estimating when to meet you, to not to bring a bag to this area, to have a government-issued photo ID with them, and to know that all bags are subject to search by NYPD and security personnel.

Spectator Tips

Your family, friends, and fans can 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.

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