Brooklyn. It’s New York’s hippest borough.
But while North Brooklyn has a reputation for young artists with top-knots and tattoos and warehouses-turned-nightclubs, South Brooklyn — in particular, the neighborhoods that host your 2017 Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon course — offers more iconic streetscapes and history while still keeping the hip factor.
One of New York’s Largest Museums
Your race starts with beautiful architecture and history. Line up outside the Brooklyn Museum, a 560,000-square-foot art museum founded in 1895. As New York City’s third largest museum in physical size, it holds approximately 1.5 million works of art.
The Central Park of BK
Your route will take you out and back through the closed streets of Crown Heights, then hug the eastern portion of the 585-acre Prospect Park—Brooklyn’s largest public park, celebrating its 150th year in 2017—affording glimpses of its adjacent Japanese and botanical gardens.
Your run will also finish here, near the Nethermead, a rolling meadow at the center of the park.
America’s First Bike Path
After reaching the southern tip of the park, you’ll run down historic Ocean Parkway, one of Brooklyn’s arterial roadways. Constructed in the 1870s, this main thoroughfare is also home to America’s first-ever bike path, designated as such in 1894 according to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
And because this is a Rock ‘n’ Roll race, you’ll experience live bands and on-course entertainment along the way!
There’s no better way to experience true Brooklyn than by running through its closed streets and taking it all in by foot!
Get excited and check out all the great features you’ll see on course in this highlights video from our 2016 race!