Why Running in Prospect Park Rocks!

People come from far and wide to run the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, and one of the highlights of the race is running in Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s flagship park. Whether in the weeks or days leading up to race day, get out and explore this oasis-within-a-city to get in peak condition and see why running Prospect Park rocks!

Visit the Prospect Park website for a running map and more info to get the most out of your workout!

While Park Drive, which winds a 3.35-mile path around the park, is one of the top running destinations, Prospect Park Alliance staff recommend a few other runs that will take you off the beaten trail.

Allison Taylor, the Alliance’s Special Events Director, loves running Prospect Park to explore the Park’s landscapes. “The most fun running route though is through the around the edges of the Lake.” This route will take you past the historic Prospect Park Boathouse, and you may even catch a glimpse of Prospect Park’s swan family, which enjoys sunning by the ornate Lullwater Bridge.

Jessica Green Wilson, Vice President of Marketing and Development, recommends exercising on the Park’s hills. “It makes for a good cross-training/running workout. You can run up and down the stairs, through the paths and up to the top for a great view of the Park and Brooklyn.”

Bianca Nelson, Marketing Assistant, enjoys going off the beaten bath. “I love cutting through the middle of the Park so I can run through the woods. Being able to run surrounded by trees and waterfalls in the middle of New York City is incredible, and fresh air definitely makes the last mile a little easier.”

Sue Donoghue, President of the Prospect Park Alliance, is preparing for her second Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, having run the inaugural Brooklyn race last year. She uses her training runs as a chance to visit other Brooklyn parks. “One of my favorite training runs,” she says, “is to do the loop in Prospect Park and then run down Vanderbilt Avenue to Fort Greene Park. Fort Greene has this massive set of stairs which is really fun and a great workout.”

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