Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 Registration Opens

Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 Registration Opens

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half (Photo: Courtesy NYRR)

Runners, get ready! Registration for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 opens Wednesday, January 21 at 12 p.m. EST. Race day is Saturday, May 16 at 7 a.m. In 2014, this race sold out inside of 48 hours. So if you want in, make sure to register sooner than later.

Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 Registration Opens

The Brooklyn Half Finish (Photo: nyrr_ontherun/Instagram)

The Brooklyn Half is one of my favorite races of the year. The last two years I hosted a special episode of NYRR’s “On The Run” on ABC in New York, and I’ve run the half-marathon in years prior. (I now freelance for NYRR as a race announcer.)

The Brooklyn Half is now the largest 13.1-mile race in the U.S. with 25,642 finishers in 2014, and NYRR is promising an even bigger crowd for 2015.

Part of NYRR’s Five Borough Series, the race starts outside the Brooklyn Museum and takes runners through Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park to finish on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

In warmer years, runners splashed around in the ocean while running teams had parties on the beach. Nathan’s Famous hot dogs is open for business early in the morning to serve runners and the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster runs all day long. It’s an insanely fun way to spend a Saturday morning.

Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 Registration Opesn

The Brooklyn Half medal (Photo: nyrr_ontherun/instagram)

But perhaps my favorite part of the event happens before the race even begins: the Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 Pre-Party presented by New Balance, featuring Brooklyn bands, beer, and bites. It’s where you’ll pick up your bib and New Balance race swag, but this is not your traditional race expo. It’s definitely more of a party. I even know runners who go all three days of the Pre-Party to hear different bands and hang out on the Brooklyn waterfront with stunning views of Manhattan.

Want a taste of what the Airbnb Brookyln Half is like? Check out “On The Run at the Brooklyn Half!”

On The Run At the Brooklyn Half 2014

On The Run at the Brooklyn Half 2103

All told, the Airbnb Brooklyn Half is worthy of destination race status. And if you didn’t get into the NYC Half but still want to race a big half-marathon in New York this spring, the Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015 should be it. Registration is $65 for NYRR members and $85 for non-members.

Don’t want to deal with the registration rush? You can run with Team for Kids for a $300 fundraising commitment. Team for Kids supports NYRR’s Youth Programs, providing free health and fitness programs to kids in New York City and beyond. Team for Kids participants get an eight week training program, Saturday coached workouts in NYC, and access to coaches via phone or e-mail. For more information, visit

Want to register for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half 2015? Get thee to on Wednesday, January 21 at 12 p.m. EST!

As I mentioned above, I freelance for New York Road Runners as a race announcer and host of “On The Run.” But as always, all posts are purely my own. I firmly believe in being honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

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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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    That looks like a very fun race! I’ll have to add it to my race bucket list. Some day…

  2. Karla Bruning

    Wow! The race sold out in less than 7 hours.
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