FAQs

Who is the beneficiary of the race?

The BKLYN MILE, presented by HOKA, is a non-profit event produced by the Brooklyn Running Company, NYC’s independent running shop. The event’s exclusive beneficiary is Girls on the Run NYC (“GOTR”).

Girls on the Run NYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential, and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

All monies earned from the BKLYN MILE are pledged in support of GOTR’s noble mission and admirable work in the youth community.

What time does the race start?

The BKLYN MILE, presented by HOKA, employs a wave start method.  The waves and the associated start times are as follows:

9:30AM: Masters Women Mile (40 years and older)
9:50AM: Masters Men Mile (40 years and older)
10:10AM: Bandit Women’s Open Mile
10:30AM: Bandit Men’s Open Mile
10:50AM: Trials of Miles Fast Movers Women’s Mile*
11:10AM: Trials of Miles Fast Movers Men’s Mile*
11:30AM: Quita Francique Friends & Family Mile

*Fast Movers waves are granted by invitation only (invite cutoff times are approximately 4:05 for men and 4:45 for women, but subject to change)

What is the course route?

Follow this link to the USATF-certified course page.

Where does the race start/finish?

The race starts at Kent Avenue near South 10th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The race finishes near North 9th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Is this race course USATF Certified?

Yes, the BKLYN MILE course is USATF certified.

Will there be Net Timing Results?

Yes. There will be both net and gun timing results provided for participants. Gun time results are used for award determination purposes.

Is there a cash prize purse?

Yes, but ONLY those invited participants competing in either of the Trials of Miles Fast Movers Miles will be eligible for cash awards of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 for each of the top three male and female finishers. Also, a $1,000 course record bonus is on offer. Current course records are held by Dani Aragon (4:34) and Craig Engels (4:02).

How does the reusable race tote credit program work?

Starting in 2019, in an effort to reduce the event’s environmental impact, we eliminated the traditional plastic race bag and distributed to all participants a reusable BKLYN MILE zipper tote. We will do so again this year. The intent is for returning participants to reuse that same tote each year. For those participants who bring a prior year’s race tote to the current year’s packet pickup for reuse, we will credit back $10 of the paid entry.

Is there an awards ceremony? What are the prizes for top finishers?

Yes. The ceremony will take place at the finish line tent just outside of Marsha P. Johnson State Park just south of North 9th Street and Kent Avenue. Per the below, there will be a rolling awards schedule throughout the day as the individual waves take place.  Announced awards will be distributed to the overall winners of the Masters, Open and Fast Movers waves.

Age groupers will be able to pick up their honors at the Registration Tent within Martha P. Johnson State Park as soon as results are produced after each respective wave is run.  There will be traditional age group awards for the top three male and female finishers in the following categories: 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. There will be a separate award for the top Masters Male and top Masters Female finisher.

Awards Presentation Schedule is as follows:

10:30AM: Masters Women & Men (top 3 announced)
11:10AM: Bandit Women’s & Men’s Open (top 3 announced)
11:50AM: Trials of Miles Fast Movers Women’s & Men’s Miles (top 3 announced)

Will there be an after-party?

Yes! The BKLYN MILE After Party is back. Entry is limited to the first 1,500 registrants who’ve indicated their attendance as part of the race registration process, Bandit Running will be hosting this year’s After Party beginning at 1:00 pm at Tailgate Brooklyn. Bandit Running will also be hosting a fun activation in the BKLYN MILE festival area from 8am to 1:30 pm within Marsha P. Johnson State Park (adjacent to the finish line) on Kent Avenue. It will include beverages from Athletic Brewing and a photo opp with your results on the big digital board.

What is the Friends and Family Mile all about?

The Quita Francique Friends & Family wave consists of youth runners (11 years or younger) and also participants looking for a less competitive BKLYN MILE experience. (Please note that this wave is also timed.) Beginners, back-of-the-packers, families, jogging strollers, dog owners and youth participants will have a chance to share and enjoy the course together, and close out the event in style. The beauty of the mile distance is that it’s accessible to all, no matter the level of experience or ability. It can be used as a measuring stick for those looking to gauge fitness or even jumpstart a new exercise regimen.  It can be used as a bonding tool by families or work teams.  And most importantly, the Quita Francique Friends and Family Mile is a great opportunity to introduce the wonderful sport of running to our younger generations; for they are the future of our sport.

Is there a bag check?

Yes.  There will be a monitored bag check -for participants only- within Marsha P. Johnson State Park adjacent to the finish line.  You must use the official reusable zipper race tote bag provided by the race.  To check this tote at the bag drop, please tear away the Bag Check tag from your race bib and pin to your reusable BKLYN MILE tote. Present the tote to race security for inspection at the entrance to the bag check corral.

All checked items must fit inside the tote. Runners may not enter the bag-check area. The BKLYN MILE and the NYPD reserve the right to search any bag at any time, both within and outside the bag-check area and while the corral will be well looked after, the race will not be held responsible for any missing goods.

Are there team categories?

No.

Can I run in the Open race if I am in the Masters age category of 40 and older?

Upon registering, if you are 40 or older, you will automatically be placed into the Masters wave.  If you would like an exception and prefer to run in the Bandit Open Mile, please contact race management at info@brooklynmile.com.  Please note, however, that only Masters runners participating in the Masters wave will be eligible for Masters specific awards.

How do I gain access to the Trials of Miles Fast Movers Invitational?

Participation in the Trials of Miles Fast Movers Mile is granted by invite only.  During the registration process, be sure to provide a recent and verifiable mile seed time (it must have been run within the most recent calendar year) and you will be contacted by race management in the final week before the race, ONLY if you have qualified.  Otherwise, you will be placed in the Masters Mile (if 40 or older) or the Bandit Open Mile as applicable. Please note, however, that by choosing to compete in the Fast Movers wave, you will forgo eligibility for age group awards as only those participating in the Masters and Open waves will be eligible.  If you do not hear from race management, assume you have not qualified for the Fast Movers Mile.

When does registration open and close? How much is the event?

Registration opened on Friday, June 17, 2022 at noon, 12PM. Online registration will close on Saturday, August 6 at 7pm EST.  In-person registration will continue at the Brooklyn Running Company during packet pickup hours (see below).

The registration fee for any individual BKLYN MILE wave is $40 (June 17-July 4) and $45 (July 5-August 6).

Kids 11 years or younger will participate in the Friends & Family wave and their registration fee is $10.

Is there race day registration available?

At the current time we are not planning on making race day registration available, so please sign up in advance.

Are paper registration forms available?

No. All registration take place online.

Is the race registration fee refundable?

There are no refunds for this race. “But I tore my hamstring running around the yard barefoot with a lit sparkler on the 4th of July, why can’t I get my money back?!”

Trust that we empathize with all of the issues that may arise along the way to toeing the starting line of any race. But this is a charity race and we have operating expenses that cannot be recouped. Thank you for your understanding.

When can I pick up my race packet?

You have two options. We encourage all participants to avoid the race day rush and pick up beforehand at the Brooklyn Running Company.  Their smiling faces will ease your pre-race jitters.

Friday, August 5: 3PM – 7PM; Saturday, August 6: 11AM – 7PM:

Brooklyn Running Company
222 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Race Day, August 7, from 7:30AM until 9AM:

Marsha P. Johnson State Park on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg
b/t North 9th and North 10th streets
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Can I pick up my race packet at the starting line?

No. If you are picking up your number the day of the race, you must do so within Marsha P. Johnson State Park, which is adjacent to the race finish line.

Can someone else pick up my race packet?

Yes. Life happens. A proxy will be allowed to pick up your packet for you. The proxy MUST HAVE a copy of your license and a copy of your race entry confirmation. Please don’t make us turn you away. It gets awkward.

Can bibs be transferred for the race?

No. Bibs are not transferable.

Is there a finisher medal?

All kids running the Quita Francique Friends & Family Mile will receive a finisher medal. Otherwise, no.

Are there Shuttles available for runners who stay at local hotels? What is the best way to get to the BKLYN MILE?

No shuttles will be provided. If coming from Manhattan and certain parts of Queens, the NYC Ferry across the East River to North Williamsburg is the easiest (and most beautiful) way to get to our race. The landing is about a ten minute walk to packet pickup. (Be sure to use the weekend schedule.) Traffic is unpredictable and weekend subway service can be dicey.

Is there a Kids Run?

Kids who are 11 years of age or younger must participate in our Quita Francique Friends & Family wave. It is preferable that kids under 11 run accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Are there pre-determined locations to watch the race?

There will be great vantage points all along Kent Avenue from which to watch this point to point race. The start and finish are logical places, but there will be cheer zones all along the course.  BYOB: Bring your own (cow)bell.

Can I listen to music (headphones, earbuds, phones, mp3s, etc.) during the race?

For your safety and for that of all participants, we recommend that you do not use any electronic devices while participating in the BKLYN MILE.

What activities are there to do for spectators and families?

There are worse places to visit than Williamsburg on a Summer Sunday! Hit the Google.

What does the entry fee entitle me to?

For their entry fee, participants will receive a bib number for the race, Bandit Running BKLYN MILE socks to the first 1,500 registrants, the famous BKLYN MILE reusable tote and with separate signup, a free six-week customized mile training program from V.O2 and free access to the Bandit Running After-Party.

(Best deal on the running race scene. Period.)

What timing system is being used for the race?

The race timing will be done utilizing Chronotrack.  The timing sensors will be on the backside of your race number.  For the best accuracy, be sure not to bend or fold your number.

What is the parking situation for the race?

Williamsburg is more accommodating for parking than many other NYC neighborhoods.  There are also parking garages nearby.  Otherwise, parking along the Kent Avenue race course is prohibited.  A bit of friendly advice: playing roulette with NYC meter maids is not recommended. They are ninja assassins.

Are there hotels affiliated with the race?

There are no official hotel affiliations, but there are a few convenient lodging options in the neighborhood which the Google will locate for you.

Is there a rain date?

No.  This isn’t lawn bowling.  If it’s raining, lace ‘em up and let’s get soaked together!

Is the race wheelchair conducive?

Not at this time. We are looking to accommodate wheelchairs in future years as the event develops.

Will there be a “Race Expo” this year?

There will not be a traditional race expo in the days leading up to the event. However, there will be a Sponsor and Vendor Exhibition on the day of the event starting at 7:30AM adjacent to the finish line in Marsha P. Johnson State Park. Please direct all inquiries to info@brooklynmile.com.

What time should I be at the starting line race morning?

We will be calling participants to assemble at the starting line 10 minutes before their assigned group wave time.

How will the water stations be positioned?

No water stations.  It’s only a mile!  There will be fluids provided by Essentia Water at the start, in the finish chute and in the State Park festival area.

Does the race have pace groups?

Yes. Mile High Run Club will be providing pacers in the Bandit Women’s Open (7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9min goal paces) and Bandit Men’s Open waves (6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8min goal paces).

Will there be port-o-lavs on the course?

No.  But there will be plenty of them located at both the start and in Marsha P. Johnson State Park adjacent to the finish area.