Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Coming In 2015

Brooklyn Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Coming in 2015

The Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K in Brooklyn (Competitor Group, Inc)

UPDATED 3/13/15

Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Registration Opens

The Course

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon will debut Saturday, October 10, 2015 with a start in Prospect Park. The 13.1-mile course will include out-and-back jaunts along Eastern Parkway and Ocean Parkway, before finishing with three miles in Prospect Park. A concert will follow the race.

Registration opens Monday, March 16 with a $55 early bird special.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is expecting field of 17,500 runners. Bands will line the course at every mile and runners can celebrate with beers at the finish line concert. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series puts on about 30 events every year, each with music as the main feature.

The headliner has yet to be announced, but Rock ‘n’ Roll events in 2014 saw performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Aloe Blacc, Chromeo, Phillip Phillips and the cast of ABC’s Nashville.

Brooklyn Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Coming in 2015

Runners at Grand Army Plaza (Competitor Group, Inc)

Two local race organizations—New York Road Runners and NYCRUNS (companies I have worked with as a freelancer)—already operate distance races in the borough.

The NYRR Brooklyn Half in May—a race I have worked the last two years as host of NYRR’s On The Run—is the largest half-marathon in the U.S. with a sold-out field of more than 25,000 finishers.

Will a Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll event in the fall put a dent in that number? Doubtful. NYRR’s race sells out faster every year, with 2014 closing in under 48 hours and 2015 selling out in 7 hours. Plus, New York’s most populous borough—with nearly 2.6 million residents and 15 million tourists visiting each year—is big enough for two half-marathons.

Rock ‘n’ Roll seems to think so. “Brooklyn has a tremendous running community and has become a popular destination for travelers from around the world,” Josh Furlow, Executive Vice-President of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, said in a press release.

Tourism is the word. With an average household income of $112,000, Rock ‘n’ Roll runners travel to races, bringing an average of three people with them.

Brooklyn Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon Coming In 2015

Runners in Coney Island at the NYRR Brookyln Half. (

That suits the folks at New York City’s tourism bureau. “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is a great fit for New York City,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization. “Athletes from around the world can run 13 Brooklyn miles and then celebrate their victory in some of the City’s best restaurants and hot spots.”

Plus, the courses are different. It’s in the borough’s best interest. The NYRR Brooklyn Half starts beside the Brooklyn Museum, runs through Prospect Park, down Ocean Parkway, and finishes on the Coney Island Boardwalk, touring mostly southern Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon Coming in 2015

The inaugural NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon in 2011 (

But what does this mean for NYCRUNS’ long-awaited Brooklyn Marathon on the borough streets? That also remains to be seen. The home-grown race has been running loops of Prospect Park since 2011. I sang the national anthem at the inaugural event.

The 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon website is now up and running. Competitor Group will add and release more information as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, registration opens Monday, March 16 with a $55 early bird special.

For more information or to register, visit

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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  1. 1

    Looks awesome. Love RnR races. Just got back from Savannah.
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    • Karla Bruning

      I’ve heard great things about the Savannah race from a few different runners! On my list as a possible PR half for next fall.

  2. 3

    This is cool news. I ran the RnR 10k in Brooklyn last year, and I really loved the course. I keep trying to get into some of the NYRR halfs but haven’t been able to get in (I live in upstate so planning and lotteries haven’t worked out yet). I love excuses to get into the NYC area — especially for running!
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    • Karla Bruning

      NYC can definitely use another big half-marathon since most of the others are hard to get into, sell out, or are on lotteries. NYRR’s Staten Island Half is a good race. I’ve done it twice. Rolling hills, but a great start and finish along the water, and it doesn’t sell out as quickly as the others. LOVE the Brooklyn Half and NYC Half, but those are definitely harder to get into!

  3. 5

    I’ve always wanted to do a Rock ‘n’ Roll race, but I don’t know how I feel about this one. I guess it depends on the when and the course they select.
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    • Karla Bruning

      I feel like there’s a shortage of races in NYC in general to meet the demand. Most sell-out and the biggest ones are on lotteries, so I’m happy to welcome new races into the fold. I’ll be very curious to see the course too!

  4. marlin yoder #

    I have a more negative view of the competitor group / rnr races. I have run them in the past, but they have become a money making machine in the last several years and they don’t seem to care to much about the running community. I have no problem with the money making part, but it appears that if don’t make a certain threshold of profit they will shutdown the race Take a look at Cleveland, OH this year, they canceled it this year about a month prior to the race due to lack of participation! What about all people who made travel plans that may not been refundable? Schedules to rearrange? This is not first time they have done it.
    There has also been a side effect of taking runners from other local races that raise money for a good cause/charitys. There have cases of smaller local races shutting down because moved into an area and scheduled a race close the date of another. And they like to make it sound like they give money to charities but thats a bit deceiving, just Google competitor group and American Cancer society!

    • Karla Bruning

      I know you’re not alone in this view. Rock’n’Roll seems to be one of those groups that inspires a lot of passion on both sides of the fence. I’ve never run one myself, but plan to in 2015 so I’ll finally have firsthand experience.