Brooklyn Half Pre-Party at Tobacco Warehouse

Some 25,000 runners—the most in the event’s history—will race in the 33rd annual Brooklyn Half on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The race takes runners on 13.1-mile journey through the heart of the country’s fourth largest city, traveling from the rolling hills of Prospect Park through Grand Army Plaza, and a myriad of historical communities to a one-of-a-kind finish on the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

From the folks at the Brooklyn Half Marathon, there is a 3 day pre-party in Fulton Ferry Landing and Dumbo starting today:

You’re not in Manhattan anymore, and this isn’t just a number pickup. You’re running in Brooklyn now, baby—and this is Dumbo, where we’re throwing a three-day bash to get runners ready for the all-new, bigger, better Brooklyn Half.

The Pre-Party is a festival of music, food, and shopping—including great running gear from New Balance. It’s a quick and easy trip, and you’ll find out why so many people are crossing the East River.

Getting There
Come on over to the Old Tobacco Warehouse, right on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront at 26 New Dock Street. It’s a real 19th-century warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, right under the bridge. The nearby High Street subway station is one stop from Manhattan on the A/C line; you can also take the 2/3 to Clark Street or the F to York Street and walk a few blocks. Or take the East River Ferry from East 34th Street, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, or Wall Street for $4 each way. Another option is to walk or bike over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza and then three more blocks down Fulton Landing or Washington Street to the waterfront.

What’s Going On?
How about live music, Brooklyn house DJs, an outdoor beer garden, great eats from local vendors and food trucks, an espresso bar, official Brooklyn Half merchandise, New Balance shoes, and Team for Kids Taper Runs? Throw in running-form analysis, the New Balance insta-grapher, and maybe a genuine Italian ice, and you get the idea: This isn’t just another pre-race expo—this is a Pre-Party. (You do get to pick up your race number (with B-tag) and your New Balance technical participant shirt.)
Think about it: You’re going to run 13.1 miles through some of the most colorful neighborhoods on earth. Your finish line is at Coney Island. We can’t have you getting bored before the start!

Dates and Times*
Wednesday, May 15 12:00 noon–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 12:00 noon–9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
*Last entry into bib pickup: 9:00 p.m. / Last call for beer and food: 9:30 p.m.

Head to the grotto for beer provided by:
Brooklyn Brewery
Sixpoint

Taste local fare from food vendors and more:
McClure’s Pickles
Takumi Taco
Chickpea & Olive (Wednesday/Thursday only)
Omilk (Friday only)
One Girl Cookies
Pipsnacks

And check out the food trucks lining the warehouse:
La Bella Torte (Wednesday/Thursday only)
Andy’s Italian Ice
Trusty’s Burgers & Bites
Shorty’s
Hibachi Heaven (Wednesday/Thursday night and Friday all day)
Munchie Mobile (Thursday night only)