The 2014 Brooklyn Half is expected to attract approximately 25,000 runners—the most in the event’s history— for the 34th annual running on Saturday, May 17, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. The race is part of the NYRR Five-Borough Series, a celebration of each of New York City’s five boroughs that highlights each borough’s unique and inspiring characteristics.
The race will take runners on a 13.1-mile journey through the heart of Brooklyn, from the rolling hills of Prospect Park through Grand Army Plaza, through a myriad of historical communities, to a one-of-a-kind finish on the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk. After the finish, runners will enjoy all of the classic offerings of Coney Island—hot dogs, beer, roller-coaster rides, stilt walkers—and additional programming and entertainment. For the first year ever, MCU Park (the Brooklyn Cyclones’ stadium), will be open to the public for all to enjoy food, beer, and live entertainment directly following the finish of the first runners.
“The Brooklyn Half is an event that allows us to fully showcase the flavorful, diverse, and eccentric personality of one of New York City’s biggest boroughs,” said Wittenberg. “From the many Pre-Party festivities—the live music, local food, and beautiful outdoor setting along the Hudson River, to the run itself, with nearly 25,000 runners this year—we are feeling energized and eager to spread the excitement of this half-marathon to thousands of runners, dedicated spectators and fans, and the entire community of Brooklyn.”
The Pre-Party presented by New Balance, a celebratory free, three-day event, will take place at the newly renovated Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 14–16. The Pre-Party will serve as the main hub for runners to pick up their bibs and race materials, but it will also be open to runners’ friends and families and to the general public.
The Pre-Party is a festival of music, food, and shopping that will celebrate the distinct culture of Brooklyn and what makes it extraordinary. The event features official New Balance merchandise, including vintage-inspired T-shirts designed by Brooklyn native Ouigi Theodore of the Brooklyn Circus; an outdoor beer garden featuring local beer and wine; local food vendors and trucks (Chickpea & Olive, Morris Grilled Cheese, PipSnacks, and more); an acoustic stage featuring live music curated by Baeblemusic, with rotating local house DJs and musicians on each of the three days; and other interactive elements that are sure to enhance each runner’s expo experience. The new venue includes five acres of recreational space, basketball, handball, shuffleboard, and bocce courts, plus a full size roller-skating rink. Hours and more information can be found here.
The Brooklyn Half is part of NYRR’s Run the City program, a retail incentive program that supports local businesses and economies in the communities where its races are held. The program offers race participants and spectators discounts and special offers at restaurants, stores, and attractions. More than 50 businesses in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn—Park Slope, DUMBO, Ocean Parkway, Williamsburg, Prospect Heights, Coney Island, and Boerum Hill–Cobble Hill—are participating in this year’s program. Discounts and special offers include local shopping deals at retail stores in the area, like By Brooklyn, and dining options and reduced final bills at restaurants including Bar San Miguel, Famiglia Pizzeria, and The Runner. Finally, all runners and spectators are encouraged to spend the day in Brooklyn with offers for reduced tickets to Coney Island Tours, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, and Luna Park, plus many more opportunities and offers.
Tune in on Saturday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. on ABC 7 for an insider’s look at inspiring runner stories from the 2014 Brooklyn Half and spotlights on Brooklyn’s coolest neighborhoods associated with the race.
These t-shirts will be on sale in the New Balance booth at the pre-race party with the suggested retail price of $25.