Reasons to Volunteer at the Popular® Brooklyn Half

The 2019 Popular® Brooklyn Half is sold out, but you can still be part of an extraordinary day and experience everything it has to offer by volunteering. Here are eight facts about volunteering that we hope will persuade you to sign up for May 18.

1. You’ll Earn an Entry to the 2020 Popular® Brooklyn Half

All volunteers who complete their race-day role will receive non-complimentary entry to next year's race. If you missed out on getting a spot in 2019, this is how you secure your entry to this one-of-a-kind race.

Brooklyn Half runners in Prospect Park

2.You’ll Be a Part of the Country's Largest Half-Marathon

The Popular® Brooklyn Half is the largest half marathon in the country. Last year 25,378 runners crossed the finish line on the iconic Coney Island boardwalk. Whether you are helping set up water stations along the course, collecting discarded racing gear to be donated to charity, or making sure runners get to the start on time, you’ll make this amazing race possible! 

2019 Popular Brooklyn Half Volunteer hat

3. You’ll Get Awesome Swag

Who doesn’t like free swag? Especially Brooklyn swag. All volunteers receive a special hat to commemorate race week! Celebrate your experience as a volunteer for years to come with this comfortable and stylish souvenir.

A group of volunteers cheering at the Brooklyn Half finish line

4. You’ll Meet Like-minded People in Your Community

Let's face it, meeting new people in New York City is not as easy as it sounds, and you may not know where to start. But when you volunteer at a race like the Popular® Brooklyn Half, you get to meet—and spend the day with—people who share your interests and your passion for the sport, and who care about giving back. You may well end up making new friends! 

An NYRR staffer cheering on runners on Coney Island

5. You’ll Go Behind the Scenes at One of NYRR's Biggest Races

Ever wondered how an NYRR race comes together, especially one as large as the Popular® Brooklyn Half? As a volunteer, you can find out how many cups of water are filled at each aid station or witness the construction of the start line! Work with NYRR staff and get hands-on experience as you see what goes into organizing and executing the biggest half-marathon in the U.S. 

A volunteer at a gel station

6. You’ll Fulfill Your 9+1 Requirement

Got your sights set on the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and want to qualify for guaranteed entry through NYRR's 9+1 program? When you volunteer at the Popular® Brooklyn Half, you fulfill the volunteer requirement and are one step closer to earning your 2020 marathon spot.

A volunteer hugging a runner after the Brooklyn Half

7. You’ll Help Runners in One of the Biggest Races of Their Lives

There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that you helped someone achieve something great. For many runners, completing the Popular® Brooklyn Half is a dream come true, a bucket-list item, and one the greatest accomplishments of their running careers. When you volunteer, you become an integral part of making that dream a reality for thousands of people. 

8. You’ll Celebrate at Brooklyn's Biggest After-party

When it’s all over, not only the runners and their families and friends celebrate an amazing achievement—the volunteers get to join them at the Popular® Brooklyn Half After-Party in MCU Park, with great food, great music, and plenty of festivities to keep the fun going.

Volunteer handing out recovery bags in Coney Island

So, if you’re ready to join us in Brooklyn at the pre-party from May 15 to May 17 or at the race on May 18, sign up to volunteer with your free NYRR account today!


Katie Manzi

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