Brooklyn Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance

You’re not in Manhattan anymore, and this isn’t just a number pickup. You’re running in Brooklyn now, baby—and this is Dumbo, where we’re throwing a three-day bash to get runners ready for the all-new, bigger, better Brooklyn Half.

The Pre-Party is a festival of music, food, and shopping—including great running gear from New Balance. It’s a quick and easy trip, and you’ll find out why so many people are crossing the East River.

Getting There

Come on over to the Old Tobacco Warehouse, right on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront at 26 New Dock Street. It’s a real 19th-century warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, right under the bridge. The nearby High Street subway station is one stop from Manhattan on the A/C line; you can also take the 2/3 to Clark Street or the F to York Street and walk a few blocks. Or take the East River Ferry from East 34th Street, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, or Wall Street for $4 each way. Another option is to walk or bike over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza and then three more blocks down Fulton Landing or Washington Street to the waterfront.

What’s Going On?

How about live music, Brooklyn house DJs, an outdoor beer garden, great eats from local vendors and food trucks, an espresso bar, official Brooklyn Half merchandise, New Balance shoes, and Team for Kids Taper Runs? Throw in running-form analysis, the New Balance insta-grapher, and maybe a genuine Italian ice, and you get the idea: This isn’t just another pre-race expo—this is a Pre-Party. (You do get to pick up your race number (with B-tag) and your New Balance technical participant shirt.)  

Think about it: You’re going to run 13.1 miles through some of the most colorful neighborhoods on earth. Your finish line is at Coney Island. We can’t have you getting bored before the start!



Dates and Times*  
Wednesday, May 15 12:00 noon–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 12:00 noon–9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

*Last entry into bib pickup: 9:00 p.m. / Last call for beer and food: 9:30 p.m.

Group Taper Runs

Join Team for Kids at the Brooklyn Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance for a two-mile shake out run! After the run, NYRR Team for Kids coaches April Henning (Wednesday 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.), Sid Howard (Thursday 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.), and Vincent Corso (Friday 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.) will answer all  your race-strategy questions while leading you through an extended pre-race stretch. Open to all runners, these Taper Runs are available on a first come, first served basis (groups limited to 30 individuals per run).

Local Food and Beverage

Head to the grotto for beer provided by:

  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Sixpoint

Taste local fare from food vendors and more:

  • McClure’s Pickles
  • Takumi Taco
  • Chickpea & Olive (Wednesday/Thursday only)
  • Omilk (Friday only)
  • One Girl Cookies
  • Pipsnacks

And check out the food trucks lining the warehouse:

  • La Bella Torte (Wednesday/Thursday only)
  • Andy’s Italian Ice
  • Trusty’s Burgers & Bites
  • Shorty’s
  • Hibachi Heaven (Wednesday/Thursday night and Friday all day)
  • Munchie Mobile (Thursday night only)

Live Music

Join us in the Grotto, where you can purchase beer from Brooklyn breweries and bites from local food vendors and restaurants. Relax and enjoy an acoustic stage featuring local singers and musicians—there’s plenty of outdoor seating.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Julian Peterson
2:15 - 4:15 p.m. Jeff Tuohy
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Jesse Ruben
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. The Energy

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Alex Simon
2:15 - 4:15 p.m. Tim Kuhl
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Night of the Living Funk

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Alex Marko
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Danny Chait
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Kagero
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Charly Bliss
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. BFA
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Angie Atkinson
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Napoleon


DJs on the Main Stage

Check out some of the Brooklyn’s finest house DJs, spinning music all day long.

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. DJ Kiger
5:00 - 9:30 p.m. DJ Nikolai

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. DJ D-STROY
5:00 - 9:30 p.m. DJ ipadduben

10:00 - 1:00 p.m. DJ Justine D
1:00 - 6:30 p.m. DJ Carsonic Boom
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. DJ Har Mar Superstar


NYRR Booth

Head to the NYRR booth at the entry of the main space and support Coney Recovers with a donation. To show our thanks, we’re giving out our cool Brooklyn Half poster and three custom Brooklyn Half temporary tattoos from Brooklyn’s own Tattly to anyone who donates $20 or more. At the booth you can also visit the official NYRR On the Run set. (Check out past episodes of On the Run now, and tune in to NYRR’s On the Run at the Brooklyn Half, Sunday afternoon, May 19,  from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. on WABC-7 New York. You’ll get the scoop on what's happening across Brooklyn, including race-weekend highlights, and more!) Finally, you can check out a video that shows how NYRR is inspiring kids through running with our Youth and Community Services programs.

Run the City

Get special deals and discounts, along the course and off, in neighborhoods all over Brooklyn! Refuel at restaurants and bars, shop for gear, check out entertainment options, and more. You’ll be helping to support participating businesses throughout the Borough of Kings.

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