The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

NYC Podiatrists Discuss: What to Do in Brooklyn During Race Weekend Next Saturday

Posted by on Friday, May 11th, 2018


It’s no secret New Yorkers love to run long-distance races. This year, the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon, taking place on May 19th, drew roughly 27,500 signups, selling out in two hours and 17 minutes. In 2016, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) event sold out in 52 minutes, and in just 26 minutes last year! If you missed signup this year, keep your eyes peeled for the 2019 general registration next January. The group also allows participants to run with a minimum of $500 in donations by April 25th as part of their NYRR Team for Kids, which raises money for local youth programs. If you’ll be in town, you’ll want to know what to do in Brooklyn during race weekend—we’ve got you covered.

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Get proper treatment after the this year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. [Image Source: Unsplash user Francesco Gallarotti]

About the Brooklyn Half Marathon

The Brooklyn Half claims to be the largest half-marathon in the country. The Popular Brooklyn Half is part of NYRR’s Five-Borough Series: Run New York. Five Boroughs. One City. The New Balance-sponsored pre-party takes place on five acres of waterfront space at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2, which offers picture-perfect views of the Manhattan skyline. Racers pick up their packets, bibs, timing tags, high-tech racing shirt, and official check bag. The after-party at MCU Park treats runners to food, drink, music, and festivities. Last year, they served up Nathan’s hot dogs, Coney Island Lager beer, and a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, which seemed perfect in the warm post-race sunshine.

The Course

The Popular Brooklyn Half starts near the Brooklyn Museum, passes the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, winds around Grand Army Plaza, enters Prospect Park for a scenic loop, and heads on down Ocean Parkway toward Coney Island for a boardwalk finish.

Runners are expected to finish the 13.1 miles within three hours (which is about a 13:45/mile pace). All finishers receive a medal celebrating their achievement. Additional awards are given for the top three men and women finishers, as well as the top times within the specified age and gender categories. Prizes range from $100 for fifth place to $1,000 for first place.

What to Do in Brooklyn Race Weekend


We don’t recommend running a half marathon in brand new shoes, but there’s no harm in shopping for a fresh pair of kicks while you’re in town. Brooklyn is blessed with many awesome running shops, including Brooklyn Running Company, Super Runners Shop, and JackRabbit Sports. You’re likely to find apparel that catches your eye at these specialty running stores.


The Smorgasburg Open Air Market attracts 20,000 – 30,000 people to this part of the city each spring, offering food from 100 different vendors. The NY Times referred to Smorgasburg as “the Woodstock of foods,” if that’s any indication of how epic this foodie fest will be. Here you will find everything from fresh-shucked oysters, flaky biscuits, and smoked hot dogs, to fried anchovies, cold sesame noodles, and chorizo sandwiches.

Hang Out:

The big event of the weekend is the Dance Party: Night of 1,000 Bowies, although as you might have expected, it’s sold out. You can still visit the Brooklyn Museum by day for a cultural tour of Korean art, Egyptian artifacts, bronze body sculptures, Assyrian reliefs, European art, and mementos from the David Bowie estate’s private collection.


There’s no reason to suffer from aching, throbbing, annihilated feet after the race. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is located just 45 minutes north of Brooklyn via the 4 or 5 train, right next to Manhattan’s Central Park. We see a lot of racers in the days that follow Brooklyn’s major races. Injuries like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon ruptures, foot fractures, sprained ankles, and ulcers are some of our specialties. We have a full suite of diagnostic equipment in-house, board-certified surgeons, a state-of-the-art gait analysis center, and modern therapies like platelet-rich plasma injections and pain lasers. Stop by and see us for a full exam, custom orthotics, customized advice on running form or footwear, and a comprehensive treatment program to heal chronic injuries.


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.