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Popular Brooklyn Half (& RNYRR Stages 2,3)

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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.

Kids are invited to conquer the Coney Island boardwalk on May 18 with Rising New York Road Runners at the Popular® Brooklyn Half. This one-of-a-kind event takes place in the heart of Coney Island and is open to Stage 2 and 3 participants. The event will feature an unforgettable one-mile run on the boardwalk that starts and finishes at the Popular® Brooklyn Half finish line.

How to enter the Popular Brooklyn Half (& RNYRR Stages 2,3)

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    Brooklyn Half

    Run 21.097km
    $115
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    Rising New York Road Runners at the Popular Brooklyn Half- Stage 2

    Run 1mi
    Free
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    Rising New York Road Runners at the Popular Brooklyn Half- Stage 3

    Run 1mi
    Free
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Popular Brooklyn Half (& RNYRR Stages 2,3) routes

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Popular Brooklyn Half

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.

Rising New York Road Runners

The out-and-back course will start and finish at the Popular® Brooklyn Half finish line, with a turnaround point at the halfway mark on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Event Details

What’s Included
Awards & Prize Money Charts
Awards will be available to the top three men and women overall, as well as in age and gender groups. 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. Award winners who wish to receive an award plaque should complete our online claim form.

All finishers will receive a medal.

Invitation to our exclusive Half Marathon Basics clinic

Half-marathon training plans for athletes of all abilities

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Raceday Logistics

Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance

Before race day, 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, all at the Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance.

The Pre-Party will have a new location in 2019 due to construction at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The new location is:

11 Water Street
(Corner of New Dock & Water Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Race Number Pickup

Your race-weekend experience starts at the Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance.

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 the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 15
  • Thursday, May 16
  • Friday, May 17

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.
For RNNYR, show the QR code from your confirmation email or your NYRR account to pick up your materIals. Please pick up during the week to avoid crowds on event day. Race-day pickup is available at Surf Avenue and 15th Street from 10:00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m

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

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.

Rising New York Road Runners Stages
below is a guide to the stages available at this event. Use this guide to determine the appropriate stage for your child.

Stage 2

  • Ages - 8-18
  • Event Type - Non-competitive, Untimed medium distances, Fitness activities
  • Register If... Your child likes running, but isn’t ready for a competitive event. Your child likes playing games and being active.

Stage 3

  • Ages -12-18
  • Event Type - Competitive, Timed longer distances, Fitness activities
  • Register If... Your child is comfortable running a longer distance and racing other kids in a competitive setting.

Schedule

  • Stage 3 Girl -11:30 a.m. - 1 Mile
  • Stage 3 Boys -11:50 a.m. - 1 Mile
  • Stage 2 Girls-12:10 p.m. - 1 Mile
  • Stage 2 Boys-12:30 p.m.- 1 Mile

On The Day
Kids Can Visit the Intrepid Museum for Free
On event days, your child’s Rising New York Road Runners bib will get them free admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Just present your race bib at the Intrepid’s box office to receive this offer.

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Volunteers

To register your interest use the following link to sign up to the many volunteering opportunities, sign up early as they fill up quick.

https://www.nyrr.org/races/popularbrooklynhalf/volunteer

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FAQs

NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze
The NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze, wearing their green-and-blue-chevron design 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 Presented by Biofreeze leaders on race day.

How do I determine the most appropriate event for my child?

Our youth events are organized by level, or stage. Refer to the stages chart on each youth event page to determine the appropriate stage for your child. Please note that not all st...

Why are the youth events organized by stage?

Our youth events are organized by stage based on the level of physical activity, competitiveness, and the age of an individual participant. This means youth participate in the even...

Is my child locked into the stage they register for at their first event?

No, you have flexibility to register for a different stage at a subsequent event. You can also choose to switch stages on event day, but your child may only participate in one stag...

What will my child do at the youth event?

Most youth events include a mix of running and fun fitness activities. Check individual event pages close to the event date for a list of the activities.

What if my child just wants to run?

Our youth events include fitness activities to give kids exposure to physical activity and athletic development outside of running. We encourage kids to participate in all the acti...

What’s the cost of the youth events?

All our youth events are free.

Popular Brooklyn Half (& RNYRR Stages 2,3) weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

74°F
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56°F
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