On April 23rd, 2023, thousands of runners will complete a remarkable running journey at the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon.

The iconic route starts in hip North Brooklyn and winds around the waterfront taking you under the historic Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges while delivering eye popping views of Manhattan.

From there, the route heads up the historic concourses of Fulton Street & Flatbush Avenue before passing through Grand Army Plaza and into fabled brownstone Brooklyn before finishing in Prospect Park.

From its humble beginning in Prospect Park to one of the largest road races in the country - it’s a story as timeless as Brooklyn itself!

The Course

The iconic route starts in hip North Brooklyn and winds around the waterfront taking you under the historic Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges while delivering eye popping views of Manhattan. From there, the route heads up the grand concourses of Fulton Street & Flatbush Avenue, into historic brownstone Brooklyn before passing through Grand Army Plaza and finishing in Prospect Park.

The USATF Certified courses 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 1.5 miles, and medical support will be available throughout the course. The Prospect Park Track Club will be providing pace teams for the half marathon (1:30-3:00).

Half marathoners must complete the 13.1 miles by noon. You must be able to sustain a pace under 20 minutes per mile and if this is a concern for you, it is imperative that you start on time. If you cannot, you must board the sweep bus or surrender your bib to a race official.

Half Marathon Course Map

Amenities

NYCRUNS is known for putting on running events of the highest quality. After the race, change into your NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon adidas race shirt* and wear your incredible medal with pride! When you finish, enjoy fresh Brooklyn bagels (with a shmear of course), NYS apples and more!

Your friends can track you and you can revisit your race by checking out the app and digging on the photos taken along the course and at the finish line! You will receive an email from MarathonFoto several days after the race with information about how to purchase photos or you can order them now at the best price! Secure ALL your digital photos from the 2023 NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon now, and all you'll need to do on race day is smile.

There will be no race day bag check - bag check will be available at the Expo only. If you plan on checking a bag, you must use the single clear bag provided by NYCRUNS. You may not put another full bag/backpack/briefcase inside the clear bag. All items must fit inside the clear bag. NYCRUNS reserves the right to search your bag at any time. Bags will be available to pick up in Prospect Park at approximately 8:30 AM.

Prize Money & Awards

The NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon is offering over $10,000 in prize money and awards. Any athlete is eligible for awards or prize money by entering the race.

Awards will be given to the top three overall male, female, and non-binary finishers as well as the top three male, female, and non-binary finishers in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and over. Our awards policies are available here.

Qualified elite athletes will be automatically granted complimentary entry and entrance to the elite corral if they meet the following standards:

Women: Between 1/1/2022 and 2/28/2023, you must have run a time below 1:20 in a half marathon. The course had to have been certified, the results must be verifiable, and of the same gender you are planning to compete within.

Men: Between 1/1/2022 and 2/28/2023, you must have run a time below 1:07 in a half marathon. The course had to have been certified, the results must be verifiable, and of the same gender you are planning to compete within.

Non-Binary / Gender Non-Conforming: Between 1/1/2022 and 2/28/2023, you must have run a time below 1:12 in a half marathon. The course had to have been certified, the results must be verifiable, and of the same gender you are planning to compete within. Should you not have been able to register as NB/GNC for a given race, please supply a broader history indicating you have been competing as NB/GNC where possible.

Prize money will only be awarded to athletes who complete the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon in a gun time faster than the qualifying time outlined above. Athletes may be subject to drug testing and other validation as deemed necessary to ensure a fair and equal field.

Elite entry is no longer available.

Prize Money

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1000
Third Place: $500
Fourth Place: $100
Fifth Place: $100
Sixth Place: $100
Seventh Place: $100
Eighth Place: $100
Ninth Place: $100
Tenth Place: $100

Headphone Policy

Keep in mind that headphones interfere with your ability to react to your surroundings. We will allow you to wear them, but please keep them at a volume that allows you to hear instructions from staff, volunteers, and emergency personnel. Anyone wearing headphones that does not respond to race personnel is subject to disqualification.

Dogs & Strollers

For the safety of everyone, strollers and dogs are not allowed on the course.