The Least You Need to Know

THE EXPO, BIBS & BAG CHECK

The NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon Expo will take place at ZeroSpace in Gowanus on Friday, April 26 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you didn’t get it mailed, this is where you go to pick up your race bib and t-shirt. There is no race day bib and shirt pickup.

If you are getting your bib at the expo, your start wave and corral will be assigned on pickup. There is more info on waves and corrals here.

The expo is the only way to check a bag (there will be no race day bag check.) You can also buy gear, grab a Sixpoint beer and more.

GETTING TO THE START

We strongly recommend that you take public transit to the start at McCarren Park. Take the L to Bedford Avenue or the G to Lorimer/Metropolitan. We do not recommend the G to Nassau Avenue as street closures will make it difficult to walk from there to start.

Transportation recommendations are subject to change. Please check back closer to race day for updates.

THE START

The start of the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon is a high security area. You will need to show your race bib to gain entry.

Please arrive within the time designated for the wave you’re running in. You will not be able to pass through security if you arrive early. You cannot change to an earlier wave on race day.

All runners will pass through security, including a metal detector, to enter the start corrals. No bags will be allowed through security. If you bring additional layers of clothing, you must be wearing them. Weapons of any kind, flammable liquids, fireworks, toxic chemicals, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, blankets, or any other item that security deems dangerous are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated.

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The Course

The USATF Certified course will be electronically timed using the MYLAPS Bibtag system. There will be timing (split) points and clocks throughout the course. Water, Lemon Lime Nuun Endurance, and restrooms will be available approximately every 1 - 2 miles. Medical support will be available throughout the course.

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THE FINISH

The 2024 NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon finish line is located on Center Drive in Prospect Park. Check out our map of the finish and post-finish area. Due to security and space constraints, finish line access is restricted to those holding finish line passes only. Purchase Finish Line Passes here. We suggest runners reunite with family and friends outside of Prospect Park.

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THE APP

Download the FREE 2024 NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon App featuring live runner tracking and more at the Apple App Store or Google Play.   limited street parking. Available garages are listed on SpotHero, but may be inaccessible the morning of the race.

EVENT SAFETY

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THE START

The NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon is a high security zone and precautions are taken for your safety.

No weapons of any kind, flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks, toxic chemicals, explosives, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, blankets, or any other item that security deems dangerous to participants, spectators, staff, or volunteers are allowed at the race or in checked bags.

All participants must pass through a magnetometer (metal detector) to enter the corrals. You will need to show your bib. Bags, blankets, hydration packs, camelbacks, backpacks, or over-the-shoulder hydration vests are strictly prohibited, and runners will not be able to enter the start area with them. Runners will be permitted to enter the start area and run with hydration/fuel belts and handheld water bottles of one (1) liter or less. 

WAVES & CORRALS

Your wave and corral will be assigned when you receive your bib. Both your wave and corral assignment are based on the pace you submitted upon registering. Your submitted pace is visible in your registration history on your NYCRUNS Dashboard.

Bibs cannot be exchanged on race day, nor can your wave or corral be reassigned. Runners will not be able to gain entry to an earlier wave start than what they are assigned to on their bib. Runners will be able to gain entry to start waves that are later than their assigned wave.

Wave 1: Starts at 7 AM. You must pass through security between 5 AM and 6 AM.

Wave 2: Starts at 7:30 AM. You must pass through security between 5 AM and 7 AM.

Wave 3: Starts at 8:00 AM. You must pass through security between 7:00 AM and 7:45 AM.

Wave 4: Starts at 8:30 AM. You must pass through security between 7:30 AM and 8:15 AM.

Please do not show up any earlier than instructed above. You will not be able to pass through security and take advantage of pre start amenities beforehand.

PACERS & CORRAL ASSIGNMENTS

The Prospect Park Track Club will be providing pacers for runners looking to run a pace of 1:30 to 3:00. Pacers will be wearing white singlets with PACER and the event graffiti logo on it, and holding a sign with the pace time they'll be running. The wave and corral plan for pacers is as follows:

1:30 pace - Wave 1, Corral A

1:35 pace - Wave 1, Corral A

1:40 pace - Wave 1, Corral B

1:45 pace - Wave 1, Corral D

1:50 pace - Wave 1, Corral F

1:55 pace - Wave 2, Corral B

2:00 pace - Wave 2, Corral C

2:05 pace - Wave 2, Corral F

2:10 pace - Wave 3, Corral B

2:15 pace - Wave 3, Corral D

2:20 pace - Wave 4, Corral A

2:25 pace - Wave 4, Corral B

2:30 pace - Wave 4, Corral C

2:40 pace - Wave 4, Corral D

2:50 pace - Wave 4, Corral E

3:00 pace - Wave 4, Corral F

THE COURSE

The USATF certified course starts in North Brooklyn and passes under the iconic Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges before heading up the historic concourses of Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenues. The 13.1-mile course then passes through Grand Army Plaza before finishing in Prospect Park.

Check out our interactive course map here.

Upload the Strava course map to your GPS device here.

THE FINISH

The 2024 NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon finish line is located on Center Drive in Prospect Park. Check out our map of the finish and post-finish area. Due to security and space constraints, finish line access is restricted to those holding finish line passes only. You may purchase Finish Line Passes at the Expo. We suggest runners reunite with family and friends outside of Prospect Park.

For more information, please take a look at the Event FAQ.