Getting Around on Race Day

Are you ready to ROCK Brooklyn? So are we! But first, let’s make sure we know how to get around on race day!

Read on for important subway transportation information and parking options so you’re prepared for October 14. And don’t forget that in New York, there are plenty of ways to get around, from buses, Citi bikes, taxis and ride-share services, to good old-fashioned walking (or running)!

Subway Transportation

New York is an exciting place – one that’s constantly moving, shaking, growing, and improving. Unfortunately, sometimes that means the trains don’t run as scheduled.

Have no fear – the subway is still one of the easiest and most convenient ways to make your way to the start line race morning.

Trains run approximately every 5-15 minutes. Please prepare for crowds on race morning, purchase a Metro card in advance to avoid lines, and make note of modified service on race day.

Important Note About Subway Use

Due to track maintenance and other construction projects, there are many adjustments to the subway system. 2 and 3 trains will NOT provide service to or from Brooklyn race weekend. Please download this map and click on the links below for detailed information.


This year, the Health & Fitness Expo takes place at the world-renowned Javits Convention Center. No matter where you’re staying – in Manhattan or Brooklyn – you can easily access the 7 train from most major subway lines. Just take the 7 train running west and exit at the last stop (34th Street/Hudson Yards), and the convention center is a short walk.


Your race starts in front of the Brooklyn Museum at 7am. As such, we are recommending participants arrive 45 minutes to an hour before for security screening.

If you’re taking the subway, use the 4, 5 or Q trains

  • 4/5 train service: exit the Grand Army Plaza subway station:
    • From Manhattan, participants and guests can take the 1 or 2 train to South Ferry, walk to the nearby Bowling Green Station and use the free out-of-system transfer to the 4 or 5 train. NOTE: the free transfer does not work for single-ride fare tickets, but does work for pay-per-ride cards (as well as unlimited ride cards)
  • Q train service: exit the 7th Ave/Flatbush Ave subway station:
    • Participants can take the Q from Manhattan or points in Brooklyn.
    • There is a transfer at Times Square to the Q Train.

The race ends on Center Drive in Prospect Park, so you have the option of heading WEST or EAST through the Park for available subway lines:

  • If heading WEST through the Park: Walk west on the path parallel to the Finish Line (on Center Drive), and exit the Park at 16th Street. Turn right to head north. Take the D (running on the F line) or G trains from the 15th St/Prospect Park subway station (located at Bartel-Pritchard Square).
  • If heading EAST through the Park – OPTION 1: Walk east on Center Drive to East Drive. Turn left to head north and exit the Park at Grand Army Plaza. Proceed through the Farmers Market and take the 4 or 5 train from Grand Army Plaza (north end).
  • If heading EAST through the Park – OPTION 2: Walk east on Center Drive to East Drive.  Turn right and head south.  Exit Prospect Park at East Lake Drive/Lincoln Road. Cross Ocean Ave and the train station will be on the left.

Download this map for your best subway options on race day.

Visit the MTA website for subway map, train schedules, and more.

Looking for more transportation information? Head here.


Planning to drive on race day? Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress-free!

SpotHero is the nation’s leading parking reservation app to book convenient and affordable parking, whether it’s for an event, commute to work or even airport parking.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Rock’n’Roll Brooklyn SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Also check out the Javits Center SpotHero Parking Page to find parking near the Health & Fitness Expo.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app!


Spectator Spots

Eastern Parkway / Washington Avenue
Start Line & Mile 2
(Subway access via the 4 or 5 to Franklin Avenue)

See the runners as they depart from the Start Line and then catch them again at Mile 2 as they turn from Eastern Parkway and head down Washington Avenue. This location is right next to the Brooklyn Museum and a quarter mile from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Flatbush Avenue / Empire Boulevard / Ocean Avenue Intersection
Mile 2.6
(Subway access via the Q to Prospect Park)

See Half Marathon runners coming from Washington over to Ocean Avenue at Mile 2.6.  There is an entertainment stage on the northwest corner, and you’ll also see 5-Miler runners turning onto Flatbush and entering Prospect Park by the carousel.

Park Circle
Miles 4 & 10
(Subway access via the D or G train to Fort Hamilton station)

Park Circle is at Mile 4 heading out toward Ocean Parkway and Mile 10 on the return. There’s an entertainment stage on the east side of Park Circle where the runners enter Prospect Park. Jump back on the subway and head to the 15th Street station where you can enter the park at Bartel Pritchard Square and see the runners as they pass at Mile 12.6.

Ocean Parkway
Miles 4-7 & 7-10
(Subway access via the D train to several stops east of Ocean Parkway)

Catch runners completing an out-and-back section of the course (Miles 4-7 heading south and 7-10 heading north).  There are several entertainment locations along Ocean Parkway and you can jump back on the D train to either the Fort Hamilton or 15th Street station to access Prospect Park and make your way to the Finish Line Festival.