Who is the beneficiary of the race?

The Brooklyn Mile’s exclusive beneficiary is Girls on the Run NYC (“GOTR”). Girls on the Run NYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential, and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. All monies earned from The Brooklyn Mile are pledged in support of GOTR’s noble mission and admirable work in the youth community.

What time does the race start?

The Brooklyn Mile employs a wave start method.  The waves and the associated start times are as follows:
9:30AM: Masters Women (40 years and older)
9:50AM: Masters Men (40 years and older)
10:10AM: Open Women
10:30AM: Open Men
10:50AM: Fast Movers Women’s Mile*
11:10AM: Fast Movers Men’s Mile*
11:30AM: The Friends and Family “People’s Mile!”
*By invitation only

What is the course route?

Follow this link to the course page.

Where does the race start/finish?

The race starts at Kent Avenue near South 10th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The race finishes near North 9th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Is this race course USATF Certified?

Yes, the Brooklyn Mile course is USATF certified.

Will there be Net Timing Results?

Yes. There will be both net and gun timing results provided for participants. Gun time results will be used for award determination purposes.

What is the Friends and Family “People’s Mile” all about?

The People’s Mile is our marquee event! This is also a timed wave, but it will consist of participants looking for a less competitive Brooklyn Mile experience. Beginners, back-of-the-packers, families and youth participants will have a chance to share and enjoy the course together, and close out the event in style.The beauty of the mile distance is that it’s accessible to all, no matter the level of experience or ability. It can be used as a measuring stick for those looking to gauge fitness or even jumpstart a new exercise regimen.  It can be used as a bonding tool by families or work teams.  And most importantly, the Friends and Family People’s Mile is a great opportunity to introduce the wonderful sport of running to our younger generations; for they are the future of our sport.

What is the Brooklyn Mile Battle of the Boroughs?!

A team competition in which the top ten individual times recorded (male and female combined on a co-ed basis) from each Borough will be scored. The times can come from any wave EXCEPT the Friends and Family People’s Mile and will be automatically scored. Each team scored will include a minimum of three female times. To participate, please ensure that, if applicable, you select your Borough of residence during the registration process. The winning team will be memorialized on the Brooklyn Mile Battle of the Boroughs Cup. Which NYC borough will take home the Cup? Borough affiliation first, everything else is secondary.

Are there team categories?

The team race will consist of the Brooklyn Mile Battle of the Boroughs competition in which the top ten individuals from each borough will be scored. Which NYC Borough will take home the Cup?! Make sure to indicate your Borough, if applicable, during the registration process.

Can I run in the Open race if I am in the Masters age category of 40 and older?

Upon registering, if you are 40 or older, you will automatically be placed into the Masters wave.  If you would like an exception and prefer to run in the Open Mile, please contact race management at info@brooklynmile.com.  Please note, however, that only Masters runners participating in the Masters wave will be eligible for Masters specific awards.

How do I gain access to the Fast Movers Mile?

Participation in the Fast Movers Mile is granted by invite only.  During the registration process, be sure to provide a recent and verifiable mile seed time (it must have been run within the most recent calendar year) and you will be contacted by race management in the final week before the race, if deemed eligible.  Otherwise, you will be placed in the Masters Mile (if 40 or older) or the Open Mile as applicable. Please note, however, that by choosing to participate in the Fast Movers wave, you will forgo eligibility for age group awards as only those participating in the Masters and Open waves will be eligible.  If you do not hear from race management, assume you have not qualified for the Fast Movers Mile.

How much is the race?

Registration fees vary according to the following deadlines:

  • Quick Clicker Rate valid through end of day March 31: $30
  • Procrastinator Rate valid through 1pm EST on August 18: $40

Is there race day registration available?

No. If not sold out beforehand, online registration will close at 1pm EST on Friday, August 18.

Are paper registration forms available?

Yes, but in-person registration -via paper forms- will only take place at the Brooklyn Running Company during packet pickup hours on August 18 and August 19. (See below for packet pickup hours.)

Is the race registration fee refundable?

There are no refunds for this race. “But I tore my hamstring on August 2, why can’t I get my money back?!”

Trust that we empathize with all of the issues that may arise along the way to toeing the starting line of any race. But we have operating expenses that cannot be recouped. These sunk costs increase the closer we get to race day. Thank you for your understanding.

When can I pick up my race packet?

You have two options. We encourage all participants to avoid the race day rush and pick up beforehand at the Brooklyn Running Company.  Their smiling faces will ease your pre-race jitters.

Friday, August 18: 4PM – 8PM; Saturday, August 19: 11AM – 8PM:
Brooklyn Running Company
222 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Race Day, August 20 from 7:30AM until 9AM:
East River State Park in Williamsburg
90 Kent Avenue (at North 8th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Can I pick up my race packet at the starting line?

NO. If you are picking up your number the day of the race, you must do so adjacent to the finish line in East River State Park.

Can someone else pick up my race packet?

Yes. Life happens. A proxy will be allowed to pick up your packet for you. The proxy MUST HAVE a copy of your license and a copy of your race entry confirmation. Please don’t make us turn you away.

Can bibs be transferred for the race?

No.  Bibs are not transferable.

Is there a finisher medal?

brooklynmile-glassNo. However, in addition to the official race tee shirt, each participant will be given a Run Brooklyn pint glass. Way cooler! Further, anyone presenting the pint glass and their participant bib at the Official After After Party hosted by Kent Ale House (starting at 1pm) gets a free beer!

Are there Shuttles available for runners who stay at local hotels?


Is there a Kids Run?

Kids who are 11 years of age or younger must participate in our Friends and Family Wave. It is preferable that Kids under 11 run accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Is there an awards ceremony? What are the prizes for top finishers?

The award ceremony will start in the East River State Park festival area at approximately 12:15pm. Awards will be to the winners of the Open, Masters and Fast Movers waves.  Age groupers will be able to pick up their honors at the awards table.  There will be traditional age group awards for the top three male and female finishers in the following categories: 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. There will be a separate award for the top Masters Male and top Masters Female finisher award. In addition, the winning team in the Brooklyn Mile Battle of the Boroughs competition will be awarded the Cup! ONLY those invited participants competing in the Fast Movers Mile will be eligible for cash awards of $1,000, $750 and $500 for each of the top three male and female finishers. Additionally, a $250 cash prize is available to each of the top male and female finishers in the Fast Movers Mile who are Brooklyn residents (if not Brooklyn residents qualify for Fast Movers it will default to the Open race). Proof of residency required. Cash awards can be cumulative if the Brooklyn resident places in the top three overall.

Are there pre-determined locations to watch the race?

There will be great vantage points all along Kent Avenue from which to watch this point to point race. The start and finish are logical places, but there will be cheer zones all along the course.  BYOB: Bring your own (cow)bell.

Can I listen to music (headphones, earbuds, phones, mp3s, etc.) during the race?

For your safety and for that of all participants, we recommend that you do not use any electronic devices while participating in The Brooklyn Mile.

What activities are there to do for spectators and families?

There are worse places to visit than Williamsburg on a Summer Sunday!  Pre- and post-race activities will be held in East River State Park.

What does the entry fee entitle me to?

For their entry fee participants will receive a bib number for the race, official race tee shirt, swag bag, a Run Brooklyn pint glass, access to customized mile workouts from coaches at the Run Smart Project and their VDOT O2 system, and access to all post race events.

What timing system is being used for the race?

The race timing will be done utilizing Chronotrack.  The timing sensors will be on the backside of your race number.  For the best accuracy, be sure not to bend or fold your number.

What is the parking situation for the race?

Williamsburg is more accommodating for parking than many other NYC neighborhoods.  There are also parking garages nearby.  Otherwise, parking along the Kent Avenue race course is prohibited.  A bit of friendly advice: playing roulette with NYC meter maids is not recommended. They are ninja assassins.

Are there hotels affiliated with the race?

There are no official hotel affiliations, but there are a few convenient lodging options in the neighborhood which the Google will locate for you.

Is there a rain date?

No.  This isn’t lawn bowling.  If it’s raining, lace ‘em up and let’s get wet together!

Is the race wheelchair conducive?

Not at this time. We are looking to accommodate wheelchairs in future years as the event develops.

Will there be a “Race Expo” this year?

There will not be a traditional race expo in the days leading up to the 2016 event. However, there will be a Sponsor and Vendor Exhibition on the day of the event starting at 8AM in East River State Park.  Further details TBD.

Are there vendor slots available for the Sponsor Expo?

Yes.  Please direct all inquiries to info@brooklynmile.com.

What time should I be at the starting line race morning?

We will be calling participants to assemble at the starting line 10 minutes before their assigned group wave time.

Is there a bag check?

Yes.  There will be a monitored bag check in East River State Park for participants only. You must use the clear bag provided by the race and it is limited to one bag per participant.  To check a bag at the race, use the clear drawstring bag you received at packet pickup. You’ll need to transfer all contents into this clear drawstring bag. You may not put full backpacks or personal bags inside the clear bag. All checked items must fit inside the clear bag. Write your bib number on the blank label provided and attach to your bag before handing to the bag check official. Check your bag by handing it to a Brooklyn Mile staff member in the bag-check area. Runners may not enter the bag-check area. The Brooklyn Mile and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time, both within and outside the bag-check area.

How will the water stations be positioned?

No water stations.  It’s only a mile!  There will be fluids provided by Essentia Water at the start and in East River State Park adjacent to the finish.

Does the race have pace groups?

Yes. There will be pace groups provided by Strava. Strava athletes will lead separate pace groups in the Women’s Open Mile for finish times every 20 seconds from 6:00 to 7:20, and in the Men’s Open Mile from 5:00 to 6:40. For those looking to benefit from some pacing, look for those orange Strava pacer signs, and follow them to a new PR!

Will there be port-o-lavs on the course?

No.  But they will be plenty at both the start and in East River State Park adjacent to the finish area.