The 13.1-mile race is one of the most popular and most scenic in the City. The course starts at the Brooklyn Museum, then circles Grand Army Plaza, around Prospect Park, along Ocean Parkway and ends at the picturesque Coney Island Boardwalk.
The Brooklyn Half was started in 1981. Runners raced through Prospect Park making some loops of its hills. In 1996, another group of runners arrived on the boardwalk of Coney Island to see how quickly they could run from there to the Brooklyn Half and finish in Prospect Park. Finally, In May 2009, NYRR developed a new Brooklyn Half course, which begins in Prospect Park and finishes on the Coney Island boardwalk. The race became super popular right away with almost 10,000 runners showing up at the after-party that year.
The popularity of Brooklyn Half is rising, with 27,500 taking part. More music and DJs were added along the course. After the race, the festival in MCU Park kicks off. Also, 1,000 children participating in various kids' activities.