Sunday, September 12, 2021 • Brooklyn, NY • Course Map
Set for its 4th annual running as summer is giving way to fall here along the boardwalk at New York’s Coney Island, the NYC Lives Half Marathon (known as the Indian Summer Half Marathon through 2019) is set to take runners on a triple-loop course along the famed Riegelmann Boardwalk, a fast and pancake-flat race that offers the chance to run along the beachfront.
Hosted by City Tri races, this 13.1-miler is one of six half marathons that the organization puts on in Brooklyn throughout the year. (It hosts two more in October and November to complete its slate of races for the year.)
Runners will start the race at Steeplechase Pier next to the historic B&B Carousell, which has been part of Luna Park here on Coney Island since it was built back in 1906, and is known for its 50 hand-carved painted horses, which have been restored to their original glory in recent years.
From there, the race first heads west along the boardwalk, taking runners on a 3.1-mile loop that leads out to the end of the boardwalk at West 37th Street. That roughly 1.5-mile long section runners will repeat in reverse on their way back to the pier, and and then keep heading east along the boardwalk out to the second turnaround, at Brightwater Avenue.
After they make the turn there, runners will head back this time along the entire length of the 2 1/2-mile-long boardwalk, all the way back to West 37th Street for another turnaround. Then they complete a second loop out to West 37th and back, before bringing it back in again to the race finish at Steeplechase Pier.
Organizers say the flat course and sea breeze coming in off the ocean make it a great way to “build your long run,” presumably for the New York City Marathon that runs later in the fall.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of the Coney Island peninsula in New York City, Brooklyn typically sees mild to still quite-warm weather in September, which brings temperatures that average between the upper 50s and the mid-70s.
On race day (Sept. 12), the average low is 60ºF and the average high is 76ºF.
$74 and up for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Brooklyn’s NYC Lives Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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