*TRIAL COURSE UPDATE!*
Good morning everyone! Tomorrow’s Brooklyn Half Course trial run is on RAIN OR SHINE! Last year the race was run in a steady pouring rain so might as well get out there and give your rain gear a trial run in case this year’s race is also rainy!
ALSO- BAG CHECK WILL BE PROVIDED at the start and transported to the finish. My foot isn’t 100% and rather then run 13 miles tomorrow, I’ll save it for the race and serve as bag check tomorrow! 🤙🤙
Finally, I will have a water/nutrition station setup at about mile 7 as you exit the park HOWEVER you will have to provide your water bottles and nutrition to me at the start! Once everyone passes me at mile 7, i’ll head to the finish line 👍👍
Hope to see everyone tomorrow morning!
On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, we will be having a trial run of the Brooklyn Half Marathon course with members of our “We Are NYC Running Club”. The trial run is as it sounds – a practice run of the entire course- yup 13.1 miles on a Saturday morning! The trial run is free and everyone is welcome to join!
*MEET UP SPOT🏛️🏛️
As this is a trial run of the course, we are asking everyone to meet up at Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238) at 7:00am! Please do not be late!
Yes thats nice and early in the morning but keep in mind, the actual race also starts at 7:00am on race day anyways! This gives you a chance to wake up early and practice your routine and route to the start line!
*TRANSPORTATION TO START🚕🚆🚗
You can always park by the finish line and then either take a subway to the start or Uber which is about $10-$20. If you plan on doing that, plan on being by the finish line by no later than 6:30am!
Of course you can take the subway to the start line. The Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Musem stop on the 2-3 line seems to be the closest station to the start line. Check the MTA website to make sure these trains are running on Saturday morning!
The course map is above. I also posted details of the the start area and finish area are below. Some of you may remember the trial run of the United NYC Half Marathon course that I held back in February. Unlike that trial run that we held, we should be able to run this course fairly close to the actual course. If you remember we couldn’t get on parts of the United NYC Half Course. That shouldn’t be the case here for the trial run of the BK Half. We should be able to see the entire course!
Here’s a brief overview of the course and what we plan on running on Saturday!
-The course starts at the Brooklyn Museum and we will run south along Washington Avenue, down to Empire Blvd where we make a right and another quick right onto Flatbush Avenue.
-Next we head north on Flatbush Avenue, towards Grand Army Plaza. Runners of the United NYC Half may remember this stretch as it was the starting corrals of that race.
-One we approach Grand Army Plaza (at approximately the 1.5 mile mark) we will loop around the Plaza and then head back south on Flatbush Avenue, til we get back to Ocean Avenue.
-We will take a slight right onto Ocean Avenue and proceed straight until we get to Parkside Avenue where we will make a right onto Parkside Avenue. This will be around the 3 mile marker on the course map.
-Continuing west on Parkside Avenue we enter Prospect park near Machate Circle where we will then proceed to do a full loop within Prospect Park.
-After one full loop within the park, we will exit the park close to where we entered it for the loop and run onto Ocean Parkway. Once we leave the park we should be 7 miles in
-Once on Ocean Parkway we will stay on Ocean Parkway and head south for a little over 5 miles until we turn onto Surf Avenue. On the course map this is around the 20k marker or 12.5 miles.
-We will continue west on Surf Avenue for about a half mile until west 10th street where we will make a left onto west 10th street once you pass by the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster.
-Take west 10th street one block to the Coney Island Boardwalk – once you get to the boardwalk make a right.
-Run on the boardwalk until you reach “Tom’s of Coney Island” -this is the approximate finish line of the race!
*PACE OF RUN ⏱️⏱️
Some things to note – this is not meant to be all out pace. Personally As this will likely be one of your last long rains, try and take it easy and enjoy the run! Maybe snap some pictures along the route so you don’t have to do that on race day! Have fun with this run and lets hope we have a gorgeous day!
As for paces, this trial run is for EVERYONE! During trial runs of the NYC Half Course in February, we staggered pace groups and we are looking to do the same thing again! Here are the pace group and their expected times of departure:
–First group, runners planning on running over 12:00/mile pace would leave at 7:15 am.
–Second group, runners between 10:00/mile pace and 12:00/ mile pace who would leave at 7:30am.
–Third Group for any runners running under 10:00/ mile pace who would leave at 7:45am.
The idea of breaking up pace groups this way would be that we would all arrive to the end closer in time to the end and folks would avoid getting lost this way as well.
*OTHER ITEMS TO CONSIDER!
Also to note are bathroom breaks – try and hit the bathrooms before you start. I have been told that there are portable bathrooms at 5 different locations on the loop within Prospect Park with 2 portable bathrooms where we enter and exit the park to and from our loop.
The stretch along Ocean Parkway is mostly residential so I’m not sure if you will have access to bathrooms during that 5 mile stretch. Or course when we get to Coney Island, there should be public rest rooms to use also.
As for hydration and nutrition, please bring your own! There are 5 water fountain stops within the Prospect Park loop. However once we exit Prospect Park, I cannot guarantee that we will pass by open store fronts.
Additionally please bring your own gels or anything you may consume for a 13.1 run.
Once we are done with the run we can hangout on the boardwalk and maybe catch a cold adult beverage to “re-hydrate”!
If you have any questions or comments – please do comment below! These group runs are a great way to get together – meet some fellow runners and take one huge step towards getting ready for the Brooklyn Half Marathon!
This run is sponsored by “We Are NYC Running Club” however is open to the entire running community! Need some cool t-shirts to get yourself ready for the 2019 Brooklyn Half? How about some racing singlets or tanks? We got you covered!
See you on Saturday May 4th
~~~Cesar & We Are NYC Running Club