2016 Course Highlights

Check out all the cool sights you’ll see as you ROCK the streets of Brooklyn on this year’s course!

Start: Brooklyn Museum

museumThe Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located on Eastern Parkway. At 560,000 square feet, the museum is New York City’s third largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works.

Join us at the Start Line Village in Grand Army Plaza, near the Brooklyn Library, before heading to the Start Line in front of the Brooklyn Museum.

eastern-pkwyThe plaza includes the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, the Bailey Fountain, the John F. Kennedy Monument, statues of Civil War generals Governor K. Warren and Henry Warner Slocum, busts of notable Brooklyn citizens Alexander J.C. Skene and Henry W. Maxwell, and two 12-sided gazebos with granite Tuscan columns, Guastavino vaulting, and bronze finials.

On Course (Mile 1): Run down Eastern Parkway

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Eastern Parkway was the world’s first parkway – a landscaped road built expressly for “pleasure-riding and driving” or, in your case, pleasure-running and scenic access to Prospect Park.

On Course (Miles 2-3): Run past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

gardenSoak up the natural beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as you run past some of the 52 acres that make up the garden. Founded in 1910, the 52-acre garden includes a number of specialty “gardens within the Garden,”  plant collections and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery.

On Course (Miles 3-4): Flatbush Ave./Prospect Park South

Running this part of the course, you’ll notice Prospect Park to the right and the Prospect Park Parade Ground to the left.
Restored by the Prospect Park Alliance, the 40-acre Parade Ground offers many types of sporting fields and courts for local schools, leagues and clubs for children and adults.

On Course (Miles 4-10): Ocean Parkway

prospect-heightsYou’ll see some iconic NYC brownstone buildings as you run down Ocean Parkway on the most flat, and slightly downhill, portion of the course.

  • Miles 4 – 5.5 and 8.5-10 – Kensington (Fort Hamilton Parkway to Foster Ave.)
    • Mostly residential and diverse neighborhood
  • Miles 5.5-8.5 – Midwood (Foster Ave. to Ave. P)
    • Predominantly Jewish
    • Hub for the film and TV industry
    • Movies filmed in Midwood include The Godfather, Hair and The Lords of Flatbush
    • Celebrities from Midwood include Woody Allen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barry Manilow and Marisa Tomei

On Course (Miles 10-13): Enter the Prospect Park into Drummer’s Grove

drummer's-groveMile 10.8: Feel the beat as you enter Prospect Park into Drummer’s Grove – an area known for the gathering of musicians, dancers, vendors and craftsmen.

  • Mile 11 – LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Lakeside is the largest and most ambitious project in Prospect Park since its creation nearly 150 years ago. Spanning 26 acres, this $74 million restoration by the Prospect Park Alliance transforms the southeast corner of the Park into a popular scenic and recreational destination. The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides seasonal ice skating, roller skating, biking, boating and water play.
  • Mile 11.1 – Audubon Center – Prospect Park Alliance offers free public programming that allows park visitors of all ages to explore the diversity of nature in Prospect Park at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
  • Mile 11.2 – Carousel — Located in the Park’s Children’s Corner, the Carousel is one of the Park’s most popular attractions. Its 53 magnificent horses ride alongside a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of his time, the Carousel was restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990.
  • Mile 11.3 – Prospect Park Zoo
  • Mile 11.4 – Zucker Natural Exploration Area – New York Magazine voted the innovative Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area for children one of the best of New York. The Prospect Park Alliance used trees damaged by storms and other materials from within the Park to engage children with nature and encourage unstructured play.
  • Mile 12.7 – Bandshell – Prospect Park’s main destination for live outdoor entertainment and the home to Celebrate Brooklyn! performing arts festival.

Finish: Prospect Park at Center Drive and Nethermead

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Get ready to take in all the sights and sounds of this flat, fast course, on October 8. We’ll see you at the Start Line!

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