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Saturday: What You Need To Know About The Brooklyn Half Marathon

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(Photo via Airbnb Brooklyn Half)

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon takes off at 7am this Saturday, May 20, and the New York Road Runners Club estimates 27,000 runners will be dashing from the Brooklyn Museum all the way down to Coney Island.

Check out this quick guide for those coming out to watch the race, and traffic tips to help you avoid the inevitable street closure headaches.

Runners will start their 13.1-mile journey near the Brooklyn Museum, shoot past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, round Grand Army Plaza, and then trot into the Prospect Park loop. Then the pack heads down Ocean Parkway all the way to the finish line at the Coney Island boardwalk. Here’s a downloadable map of the entire route.

The Department of Transportation has announced the following road closures between 7am and 12pm on Saturday, May 20 — including the entire length of Ocean Parkway, sections of Flatbush Avenue, and parts of the Coney Island Boardwalk

The starting line:

  • Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Bedford Avenue

The route: 

  • Washington Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard
  • Empire Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Flatbush Avenue
  • Flatbush Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Grand Army Plaza
  • Grand Army Plaza (Entire Circle)
  • Ocean Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Parkside Avenue
  • Parkside Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Park Circle

Routes inside Prospect Park:

  • West Lake Drive between East Drive and South Lake Drive
  • South Lake Drive between West Lake Drive and East Lake Drive
  • East Lake Drive between South Lake Drive and East Drive
  • West Drive between East Drive and West Lake Drive

Route (Continued):

  • Park Circle between South Lake Drive and Ocean Parkway Entrance Ramp
  • Ocean Parkway between Ocean Parkway Entrance Ramp and Surf Avenue
  • Surf Avenue between Ocean Parkway and West 10th Street
  • Boardwalk between West 10th Street and Stillwell Avenue
  • West 10th Street between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk

Other Coney Island closures:

  • West 15th Street between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk
  • Surf Avenue between West 10th Street and West 19th Street
  • Stillwell Avenue between Surf Avenue and Boardwalk

And to our runners: good luck, stretch, drink water, and enjoy!

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