Raise your hand (weirdly, at your desk, right now) if you enjoy running. Or friendly competition? Or Coney Island? Or sunshine? Or drinking beer while you watch other people exert themselves physically? Great, so looks like that's everyone. Which means the Brooklyn Half Marathon this weekend is going to be a pretty great time.
And whether you're running or just... appreciating the fact that other people are running, we've got you covered with pre-race celebrations, post-race celebrations, and everything in between.
First things first. No good feat of physical strength is complete without a pre-party, right? Until 9pm today, you can stop by the Old Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO for live music, beer, food vendors (including our friends from One Girl cookies), the works. Oh, and also this would be the place to pick up your race numbers.
It can be hard to find a place that's actually open before the race's 7am kickoff, but near the Brooklyn Museum starting point, you can carbo-load to your heart's content at The Pulp & The Bean, which opens at 6am. Everyone needs their strength today, you know.
So, it's a little early in the day to post up and watch the whole thing on TV at a bar. And anyway, don't you want to actually cheer on the runners in person? The New York Road Runners website has a whole list of potential viewing points, but it seems to us that your best bet is to start out at the corner of Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue, near the edge of the park. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, and from there, it's easy to hop on the Q down to the end of the route at Coney Island. Everyone else, I sort of assume you'll be busy running.
By entertainment, we mostly mean beers. And roller coasters! The order these go in is sort of up to you, but the point is, you'll probably want to stay in Coney Island, where there's a fair amount of entertainment set up for your benefit. You can just bask in what are sure to be truly great vibes bouncing around the marathon finish, but you could also put all your special marathon discounts to work by riding the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone, then fortifying with a Coors Light and a burger at Peggy O'Neill's on Surf Ave, which will be opening its doors at 9am for this express purpose. Whether you're running or not, by this point, you'll have earned yourself a beer.
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