I’m running the Brooklyn Half tomorrow. It’s one of my target races this year, so I’ve been training with it in mind.
The race ends on the Coney Island boardwalk, on which I’ve run twice this year – on February 26 and March 24. Needless to say, I think the joint will be slightly more crowded tomorrow.
One of the nice things about running is, like cycling, you can see a variety of areas while getting in a good workout. When I posted the photo of my cards showing the 80 Brooklyn neighborhoods without context, one of my running-buddies asked if we would be hitting all of those spots on a single run. I suppose it’s possible, but it would take a lot of planning — not to mention endurance.
As you might expect, I wondered how many nabes those of us running the Half tomorrow will cover (or at least border). The route starts near the Brooklyn Museum; does a roundabout route around Grand Army Plaza via Flatbush Avenue; wends its way into Prospect Park at Park Circle for a full loop; then heads down a shadeless Ocean Parkway to the boardwalk.
The answer: 15! That’s 18.75% of all of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Note: Crown Heights and Coney Island are technically not on the route — at least in my version of the map — but they do adjoin the corrals and the finish line.
I recommend that those running not stop for a meal in each. (Of course, since the race starts at 7 a.m., not many pizzerias will be open.)