Popular® Brooklyn Half


General entry to the Popular® Brooklyn Half is sold out but you can still get a spot in the race by signing up to run with NYRR's Team for Kids.


The Popular® Brooklyn Half, the largest half-marathon in the country, is an iconic 13.1-mile journey through the amazing borough of Brooklyn. The race starts near the Brooklyn Museum and ends at a finish line on the Coney Island boardwalk.

The Popular® Brooklyn Half is part of NYRR's Five-Borough Series: Run New York. Five Boroughs. One City.

Event hashtag: #PopularBKHalf—use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!

Live unofficial results are available during the race in the NYRR app. Features include leaderboards, map tracking, and an individual runner search that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and family to follow your progress, and get unofficial results right after the race!

Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance

Head to Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance. Pick up your race materials, including your bib (which includes your timing tag), New Balance tech shirt, and official bag-check bag that you can use to check your race-day clothing.

The venue is right on the water and includes five acres of recreational space and sports facilities, all with amazing views of Manhattan!

Pre-Party Hours
May 16th: 12:00PM-10PM
May 17th: 12:00PM-10PM
May 18th: 12:00PM-10PM

Popular® Brooklyn Half After-Party

Be sure to stop by MCU Park after the race to celebrate your accomplishment and enjoy food, music, and festivities with fellow runners and friends at the Popular® Brooklyn Half After-Party.

NYRR Pace Team

Members of the NYRR Pace Team—you’ll recognize their blue and white striped tanks—will carry signs that correspond with the following half-marathon finish times and paces:

Finish Time
per Mile
1:20 6:06
1:25 6:29
1:30 6:51
1:35 7:15
1:40 7:37
1:45 8:00
1:50 8:23
1:55 8:46
2:00 9:09
2:05 9:33
2:10 9:54
2:15 10:17
2:30 11:26
2:45 12:35
3:00 13:44

Race Photos

Photos will be captured and provided by Gameface a couple of days following the race. Visit gameface.photos/events and search the race name to receive access to your photos. Digital copies may be downloaded for free and prints will be available for purchase.

Medal Engraving for Members

NYRR Members and myNB Rewards Gold Members: Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub after the 2018 Popular Brooklyn Half for complimentary finisher medal engraving!*

Saturday, May 19: 11:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20: 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 21: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

*Please note that we are only able to offer engraving for participants in the 2018 Popular Brooklyn Half.

Please have your NYRR Member Number (available on your NYRR member card or in My NYRR) or download the NB App and show your Gold status at the time of engraving. Can’t make it? Send a proxy to have your medal engraved; they’ll just need your NYRR Member Number.

Finishers who are not NYRR members can purchase an NYRR membership through their My NYRR account, and will be able to have their medal engraved after becoming an NYRR member. Visit our Membership page for more details on NYRR membership levels and prices. Alternatively, runners can learn how to become a myNB Rewards Gold Member to receive free medal engraving. Please note: All engraving will be done on-site; no drop-offs.

Rising New York Road Runners at Popular® Brooklyn Half

Cheer on the kids as they get the chance to take on the Coney Island boardwalk, one of Brooklyn’s most iconic spots. The Rising New York Road Runners at the Popular® Brooklyn Half is a one-mile race and all participants will receive an official souvenir. 

NYRR Pace Team

The NYRR Pace Team, wearing their signature white and blue striped singlets, will run even splits through all 13.1 miles of the Popular® Brooklyn Half. Check back closer to race day for information about where to find NYRR Pace Team members on race day.

Experience All That Brooklyn Has to Offer

While you’re in town for the Popular® Brooklyn Half, check out the nycgo.com New York Road Runners NYC Visitor Guide for official information about Brooklyn restaurants, shops, nightlife, and sporting events as well as exclusive deals and offers.

Why Race with New York Road Runners?

A portion of this event's proceeds supports NYRR’s mission to help and inspire people through running, and benefits NYRR’s youth and community programs.

Course Info

Start near the Brooklyn Museum and run past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and around Grand Army Plaza before entering Prospect Park. After a loop around the park, exit from the southwest corner onto Ocean Parkway and cruise toward the world-famous Coney Island for a triumphant finish on the boardwalk.

Three-Hour Time Limit

In the interest of safety, and to allow Brooklyn streets to reopen as scheduled, the Popular® 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 in wave 2 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, although they will be able to cross the finish line. These runners may not be recorded as official finishers; they can email [email protected] to request 9+1 TCS New York City Marathon qualifying credit for the race. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

Number Pickup & Registration

Your race-weekend experience starts at the Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 150 Furman Street in Brooklyn.

Pick up your race materials, including your race number (which includes your timing tag) and the official bag that you can use to check your race-day clothing. The Pre-Party will be held on Wednesday, May 16, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. Check back closer to race week for a schedule of hours.

You must have a photo ID to pick up your race number (bib).

Get your amazing New Balance technical shirt here, and then explore everything that Brooklyn has to offer! Check out the food, groove to music, and hang out with friends.

Proxy Pickup: If you are unable to pick up your bib during the regular pickup hours, you can have a friend or family member pick up your bib and race day materials for you. Please make sure they have a copy of your email confirmation form (you can download this from your My NYRR account in mid-May) and a copy of your photo ID.

Bib pickup will be in Brooklyn. Please note there will be no race-day pickup.

Code of Conduct | Rules of Competition | Race Procedures | Run Clean


We strongly recommend public transportation to the start. For the latest updates, visit mta.info/weekender. There is no parking at the start.

Plan to arrive at the start at least one hour before bag check closes if you are checking a bag, or at least one hour before the corrals for your wave close if you are not checking a bag.


Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall, as well as in age and gender groups as explained in this article. A list of all award winners will be posted in the results for each race.

The top three overall awards for men and women will be presented to those runners on race day. Age-group award winners that wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

All finishers will receive a medal.

Prize Money

Open Prize Money for Men and Women
(Determined by Gun Time)

NYRR Team Prize Money for Men and Women
(Determined by Net Time)

To be eligible for NYRR member prize money, participants must have an active NYRR membership for six months prior to race day.

Athletes who have been suspended for doping by a governing body are not eligible to participate in, and should not apply for entry in, NYRR races. Extenuating circumstances may be reviewed by the NYRR Race Director.

Seeded Athlete Program

A small number of entries are available for faster athletes who wish to run the 2018 Popular® Brooklyn Half. Athletes meeting the half-marathon standard (men: 1:05:00; women: 1:15:00) are eligible for complimentary entry to the race. Performances must have been achieved between January 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018. Athletes outside of these standards who enter the race via the guaranteed entry process or through general registration will be considered for the Seeded Athlete start corral on a case-by-case basis.

Qualified and interested athletes should contact [email protected] by Monday, April 2, 2018. Please note that this program is for entry and/or starting position only; hotel/travel assistance and other financial considerations are not available.

Follow The MTA's Weekender schedule to plan your race-day transportation.

All race information is subject to change.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:00am



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