This fall, there are plenty of opportunities to help make Greenpoint greener and to run a (sorta) marathon, but what if you want to do both at the same time? Well, you’re in luck. The 5th Annual Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Half Marathon and 5K will be hitting the Brooklyn Waterfront on Sunday, October 15th. The Half Marathon route follows the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Redhook to Greenpoint and back, and the 5K winds its way through Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The race is produced by EliteFeates and hosted yearly by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, “a non profit organization committed to the development, establishment and long term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.” Six miles of the Greenway are currently open to the public, and when the project is complete, the “14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.”
By participating in the race, you can support the Greenway Initiative while talking in glorious views across the East River and making your way through exciting locales like the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The organizers will even throw in a little swag: every participant gets to take home a metal and a race teeshirt. And in true Brooklyn fashion, bagels, fruit and coffee will be available following the run.
Both the Half Marathon and the 5K will begin and end on Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets. The 5K will get going at 8:30am, and the half marathon will start at 9:30am. Sign up here to race, or here to be a volunteer on race day!
If you can’t make the event, but you’d like to support the Greenway, click here for information about how to get involved!