A Runner’s Guide To Exploring Brooklyn On Race Weekend

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Kaseedee Jermain, a Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn ambassador, fitness enthusiast and New York local, spills her favorite things to do race weekend in the Big Apple.

EXPLORE: Rent a bike and ride along the water following the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway path. Enjoy stunning views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges with an added bonus—a great leg warm-up. Not into wheels? Take to foot across the Brooklyn Bridge (the early bird gets to avoid crowds) for dual skyline views.

EAT: What pairs better with New York than a bagel? A coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company. Pro tip: Order a Maple Shay—a sweetened espresso drink, perfect for fall weather in the city. Looking for a post-race destination? Head to the oldest operating bar in Brooklyn—Teddy’s Bar and Grill in Williamsburg—for a celebratory cocktail and a post-race burger.

PLAY: Bring out your kid at heart at the Brooklyn Bridge Park by the water. You can hop on an antique carousel built in 1922 while you soak up views of the New York City skyline. From there, take a short stroll to the DUMBO/Pier 1 landing and cruise on a ferry ride along the East River (only $2.75 for this unique perspective).

RUN: Where else can you find a run club centered around street art? Check out Runstreet (runstreet.com) and join a casual group of runners who explore the city’s murals, graffiti and street art while learning about the artists and their masterpieces. Feel like going solo for your shakeout? Jog over to Prospect Park and check out one of the many dirt trails spread across the 526 acres of greenery (because it’s more fun off the beaten path).

Inside Race Day

More than 18,000 participants will hit the closed streets of one of NYC’s hippest boroughs on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Course Tip: Don’t go too fast out of the starting gate. It may be deceiving, but your first stretch down Eastern Parkway is slightly downhill—it’s easy to get excited and go all out. Beware, or your legs will be cursing you after mile 3!

Post Race: Enjoy Prospect Park! You’re already at the park when you finish, so pack a book, some snacks and a comfy blanket or towel in your race bag and find a quiet spot to relax and stretch out those fatigued muscles. The fall weather in October is historically temperate and sunny.

BROOKLYN HAS ADDED A 5-MILER: It’s not too late to train! Use this training plan and register at runrocknroll.com.

One Crazy Weekend

Brooklyn isn’t the only city where thousands of people will line up at a start line Oct 14–15. These other three events fall on the same weekend.

DENVER:

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Feeling like you need a little shavasana before taking on 13.1 miles or a little stretching after a 5K? The Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon offers a complimentary yoga class on Saturday after the 5K in Civic Center Park. Bring your mat for an OMazing morning.

ST. LOUIS:

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Runners will enjoy breathtaking views of the iconic Gateway Arch and discover unique neighborhoods framed by fall foliage as they make their way to the finish line at the Michelob Ultra Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Half Marathon.

LISBON:

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Explore the capital and largest city of Portugal by foot at this year’s EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Lisbon Marathon & Santander Totta ½ Marathon. Participants will enjoy a fast course that starts in the seaside village of Cascais and journeys past picturesque Unesco World Heritage sites.

2-For-1 Weekend

There are more than 130 committed travelers planning to lace up at the start line on Saturday morning in Brooklyn and then jump on a plane to do it all over again the next morning in either St. Louis or Denver. That’s dedication!

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