On Sunday, October 18 2015, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), in partnership with South Brooklyn Running Club, hosted the Brooklyn Greenway Half – the only half marathon and 5K exclusively on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, located on the historic East River waterfront in Brooklyn. The third annual event sold out with a record 1300 runners.
The Brooklyn Greenway Half took runners on a 13.1 mile journey along the waterfront on a Red Hook – Greenpoint loop and offered unique and memorable urban views including the skylines of midtown and lower Manhattan and the iconic Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The 5K course left from the Columbia Waterfront District, through Brooklyn Bridge Park and turned around in Dumbo.
The run which was on greenways, open roads and closed roads, highlighted Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s progress in achieving a fully completed greenway along the Brooklyn waterfront, as well as showcasing city, state and industrial parks including Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Following the run, participants enjoyed complimentary Brooklyn Brewing Co. beer and bagels and attended the awards ceremony to celebrate their achievement.
By running the Brooklyn Greenway Half, participants will be supporting the development, establishment and long term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.