Saturday, October 17, 2020 • Brooklyn, NY • Course Map
Set for its fourth annual running this fall and moving up a month earlier to take advantage of the October early fall weather, the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon brings back the half marathon distance along a newly-designed course that will unfold around and within Brooklyn’s iconic Prospect Park.
Run through history. Opened to the public in 1867 and designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the legendary landscape architects who also designed Manhattan’s Central Park and a number of public parks, university campuses, Prospect Park today spans 585 acres and is home to thousands of things to do for Brooklynites, from fishing and boating in its lakes to running, biking and tennis, as well as its Carousel and Prospect Park Zoo.
You’ll get to take all that in as you make your way around the park during the race, which starts on Eastern Parkway at the park’s northeastern corner, just across from the Brooklyn Museum. From there, the opening stretch of the race unfolds on Eastern Parkway all the way out to the first turnaround, at Brooklyn Avenue.
There, runners make the turn and head back toward the park, all the way to Washington Avenue, where they turn again (left) to head south along the park’s eastern edge.
Beautiful architecture and historic monuments. Next, they’ll follow Mary Pinkett Avenue — named for the first African-American New York City councilwoman, who served from 1974 until 2001 — past the Steinhardt Conservatory until they reach Empire Avenue, where they’ll turn right and head onto Ocean Avenue.
The next stretch of the race brings runners along the southern edge of the park to Machate Circle — named for New York police offer Robert Machate and one of several monuments located near the park’s entrance points, “designed as places of transition between New York’s urban bustle and the park’s natural tranquility,” according to NYC Parks — before heading onto Ocean Parkway.
Next, the race makes a long out-and-back stretch along Ocean Parkway, all the way south to the half marathon turnaround point at Quentin Road (the full marathon turnaround will be just after Avenue P).
Once you’ve made the turn, the race heads north again back up to Machate Circle, where you’ll enter the grounds of Prospect Park and begin the final few miles of the race, which unfold entirely within the park along East Drive and West Drive, before bringing you across the finish line on Center Drive.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just a few miles from the heart of Manhattan in New York City, Brooklyn typically sees some of its mildest (and occasionally quite chilly) temperatures in October, while rainfall totals are mostly steady year-round, averaging about 3.5 inches for the month.
- Oct. 17 average low temp: 45ºF
- Oct. 17 average high temp: 61ºF
Course Time Limit
- 4 hours, 30 minutes – half marathon
- 7 hours – full marathon
- $80 – $150 for the half marathon
- $150 – $220 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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