The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

A Quick Guide to the Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Posted by on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

If you love music and love to run, the Synchrony Financial Brooklyn Half Marathon is the race for you! On October 14th, more than 17,500 long distance runners are expected to descend on Brooklyn, treading through the closed streets of Brooklyn to scenic Prospect Park. This local race is part of a larger charity run that attracts over 500,000 participants worldwide. Some people run against their personal bests; others run for a charitable cause near and dear to their hearts (Rock ‘n’ Roll runners have raised more than $310 million for participating charities to date!). And, of course, many come just for the music and the sea of block parties! If you’re coming from out-of-town, here are some great spots to check out while in Brooklyn, recommended by your friendly neighborhood podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

Official Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Events

The festivities begin October 12th with the Health and Fitness Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, River Pavilion. Here, you’ll not only pick up your race day packet, but you can also check out exhibitions featuring the latest running technologies, fitness apparel, and health and nutrition products.

You can choose to run the half-marathon or the new 5-miler, starting at 7 am on the 14th—with the bash taking place just across the finish line in Prospect Park. Past concerts include Macklemore, Pitbull, Goo Goo Dolla, Flo-Rida, Lady Antebellum, and the All-American Rejects. This year, Nightmare River Band will go on from 9-9:45 to start the festivities. The 2017 headliner is Hollis Brown, an edgy roots-rock indie band from Queens with credits in The Founder, Shameless, and Real World. They’re set to play from 10:15 am – 11:30. You’ll find a number of non-amplified performers along the way at hydration stations as well!

Where to Go in Brooklyn For Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Weekend

Get the quintessential Brooklyn experience by:

  • Renting a bike and riding along the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway path for views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
  • Drinking a Maple Shay sweetened espresso at Brooklyn Roasting Company.
  • Carbing up at Spritzenhaus, renowned for its schnitzels, sausages, soft pretzels, and craft brews.
  • Ordering a post-race burger and celebratory cocktail at Teddy’s Bar and Grill in Williamsburg. (It’s Brooklyn’s oldest bar!)
  • Riding the antique carousel with the kids at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • Shopping at Jack Rabbit Sports for new kicks or apparel.
  • Climbing Brooklyn Boulders (if you have the energy left!).
  • Taking in a performance at one of Brooklyn’s best music clubs.
  • Perusing the Brooklyn Museum’s 4,000 Egyptian artifacts, as well as original Monets and Cezannes.
  • Cruising on a ferry from the DUMBO/Pier 1 landing down the East River. It only costs $2.75/person!
  •  Socializing with graffiti artists who love to run at Runstreet.
  • Indulging in a donut from Dough in Bed-Stuy.
  • Listening at Bargemusic, a 100-foot-long coffee bar and floating concert hall, celebrating its 40th year.
  • Unwinding at the Russian Baths of Brooklyn, which offers opulent sauna and steam rooms, in addition to spa treatments.

Get an NYC Sports Medicine Doctor’s Opinion!

While you’re in town for the race, you may notice your feet and ankles are hurting. Doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are equipped to handle acute and chronic injuries of the feet and ankles. We offer state-of-the-art pain therapies, stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections, physical therapy, and emergency surgery. We can counsel you on proper footwear or take you through an exam on a computerized treadmill to assess your gait and running form. Our reputable, board-certified experts in podiatry and sports medicine take care of many out-of-town clients during these busy race weekends. In fact, we are often working the sidelines, treating injuries as they occur. We’re conveniently located right by Central Park, and we’re avid runners too! Contact us today for more information about our services, and happy racing!

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.