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OCTOBER 10, 2015 ½ MARATHON

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RunRocknRoll.com Welcome to the one marathon you won’t want to end. A race so rock ‘n’ roll, the mile markers are rock bands. Because what’s the point of running if you just want it to end? Here, you might not break the tape, but the podium isn’t the point. Life is a journey and running should be a celebration.

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Contents 4 sChEDulE oF EVEnts

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Preview the happenings for the Expo, Race Day and Finish Line Festival.

Check out this year’s epic course!

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Preview the happenings for the Expo, Race Day and Finish Line Festival.

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Take advantage of all the free activities Brooklyn has to offer!

You won’t want to miss this headliner.

40 oFFiCial sPonsoRs

All our amazing sponsors.

Meet the bands that will rock you to the finish.

26 RaCE Day ChECklist

14 sPECtatoR tiPs

48 hour checklist to ensure you are prepared for your big day.

16 PaRkinG & tRansPoRtation

All our benefiting charities.

24 BanDs alonG thE CouRsE

Venue diagram of the finish line and festival.

All the info your family and friends need to cheer you on.

39 oFFiCial ChaRitiEs

30 loCal tRails

Warm-up on Brooklyn’s best local paths.

Parking and shuttle timelines, location and other race day details. WRITER: Makenzie Gee PHOTOGRAPHERS: Ryan Bethke, Marathon Photo GRAPHIC DESIGN & LAYOUT: Ryan Bethke

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Schedule of Events

BROOKLYN SET LIST hEalth & FitnEss EXPo

Finish Line Festival Prospect Park

Brooklyn Expo Center 72 Noble St Brooklyn, NY 11222

Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series

Thursday, October 8th 12PM – 8PM Friday, October 9th 10AM – 7PM Expo admission is FREE & open to the public. RaCE Day EVEnts Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday, October 10th Start Line: Grand Army Plaza Start Time: 7:00am 4

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9:00am – 9:45am LOCAL BAND- THE ZONE 10:00am-10:15am AWARDS PRESENTATION 10:15am – 11:30am NATE RUESS OF FUN. *Times subject to change Official race results will be posted online at www.competitor.com by 7 p.m. PST


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GEttinG to thE staRt linE

The subway is the easiest and most convenient way to make your way to the start line race morning. Trains run approximately every 5-15 minutes. However, please prepare for crowds on the early morning lines. To view a full map visit; http://web.mta.info/maps/ submap.html • Brooklyn Bound 2 & 3 TrainExit Grand Army Plaza or Brooklyn Museum. 2 line runs 24/7. 3 line starts running to Brooklyn in the morning- first stop at Grand Army Plaza at 6:05am 14

• Brooklyn Bound 4 Train- Express Service Race Morning. Last Train stops at Grand Army Plaza at 6:03am • Q Train: Exit 7th Ave if you are not checking a bag to enter corrals at Eastern Parkway. Prospect Park Station (If you are checking a bag) to enter corrals on Flatbush

GEttinG to thE Finish linE

Friends and family will need to walk a short distance inside the park to the Nethermead to watch participants finish and enjoy the finish line festival. Recommended Lines: • Q & S Trains: Exit Prospect Park to access to the East Side of the Park . (15-20 minute walk to the Nethermead)

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• F & G Trains: Exit 15th Street. 5-10 minute walk to the Nethermead. For the most up to date information on service status, visit http://www.mta.info/

sECuRE RaCE Day PaRkinG in aDVanCE

Secure parking a few short blocks from the start line. Park Whiz is offering discounted rates for runners and spectators on race day. There are 4 lots walking distance to Grand Army Plaza and 3 lots close to the finish line. Reserve your spot starting at just $10 here: http://www. parkwhiz.com/prospect-parkparking/2015-rock-n-roll-brooklyn-half-marathon-343285/

FaMily REunion

After the race, reunite with family and friends in the Family Reunion area. With a large number of participants and thousands of excited spectators, it can be difficult to locate friends and family without a plan. It is highly recommended that you designate a meet-up location for friends and family BEFORE the race in the Family Reunion area. The Family Reunion area will post tall, clearly-marked signs by COLOR (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), so be sure to coordinate and plan to meet at a predetermined color.


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Parking & Subways

PARKING & SUBWAYS staRt tiME: 7:00 AM

START LINE: Grand Army Plaza FINISH LINE: Prospect Park

GETTING TO THE START LINE

There will be TWO ways to enter corrals on race morning. See Start Line Venue Map. 1) Eastern Parkway Entrance (Use this entrance if you DO NOT need to check a bag). 2) Flatbush Avenue Entrance (Use this entrance if you plan on utilizing Gear Check which will be located on Washington Ave). Please be prepared to go through a security screening process before entering the corrals. Once you have entered the corrals, you will need to be re-screened if you need to exit for any reason. Porta potties will be available inside the corrals as well as at the start and by gear check, but make sure to grab any refreshments outside the corrals before entering.

SUBWAY

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Trains run approximately every 5-15 minutes. However, please prepare for crowds on the early morning lines. To view a full map visit; http://web.mta.info/maps/ submap.html • Brooklyn Bound 2 & 3 Train- Exit Grand Army Plaza or Brooklyn Museum. 2 line runs 24/7. 3 line starts running to Brooklyn in the morning- first stop at Grand Army Plaza at 6:05am • Brooklyn Bound 4 Train- Express Service Race Morning. Last Train stops at Grand Army Plaza at 6:03am • Q Train: Exit 7th Ave if you are not checking a bag to enter corrals at Eastern Parkway. Prospect Park Station (If you are checking a bag) to enter corrals on Flatbush

PARKING

Secure parking a few short blocks from the start line. Park Whiz is offering discounted rates for runners on race day, available for purchase here. There are 4 lots walking distance to Grand Army Plaza and 3 lots close to the finish line. Click HERE to reserve your spot starting

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at just $10! *Park in the Flatbush lot if you are planning to check a bag. Gear check is located on Washington Ave.

GETTING TO THE NETHERMEADFINISH LINE VIA SUBWAY:

Friends and family will need to walk a short distance inside the park to the Nethermead to watch participants finish and enjoy the finish line festival. Recommended Lines: • Q & S Trains: Exit Prospect Park to access to the East Side of the Park . (15-20 minute walk to the Nethermead) • F & G Trains: Exit 15th Street . 5-10 minute walk to the Nethermead For the most up to date information on service status, visit http:// www.mta.info/.

GETTING BACK FROM THE FINISH VIA SUBWAY A quick walk from the Nethermead Finish Line Festival, participants and spectators can use the fol-

lowing lines from the 15th Street Prospect Park Station to get back to Brooklyn Hotels/Manhattan. Manhattan Bound Trains from 15th Street Prospect Park Station: • F Train • G Train Transfer at Hoyt Schermerhorn to either the A or C train towards Manhattan Prospect Park East Side Trains Take a 15-20 minute walk across the park to hop on these lines towards Manhattan: From Prospect Park Station: • Q Train


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Destination Brooklyn

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ake the most of your NYC experience while you’re in town for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon! Visit NYCgo.com for official information about New York City hotels, restaurants, shops, nightlife and sporting events as well as exclusive deals and offers.

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Take a Ferry Ride New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known transport is the Staten Island Ferry. It’s primarily a commuter shuttle between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, but it’s also a wonderful 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan—plus it’s free. Other shuttles include New York Water Taxi and NY Waterway and other services are available, too, such as harbor and sightseeing cruises like Statue Cruises, operating direct service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


Go Shopping If you love to shop, there are choices abound. Midtown offers top-name fashion spots like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and other big-name department stores; SoHo, TriBeCa and NoLIta feature celebrity designer goods, handmade jewelry and artwork; and Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a fun place to find one-of-akind vintage apparel in charming boutiques. For culture and entertainment, consider NYC’s remarkable museums and the bright lights of Broadway at the Theatre District in Times Square. Attend a TV Show Taping Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and

free. It’s best to arrange obtaining tickets as far in advance as possible, depending on the individual show’s policies. Still, many shows have standby options if you’re willing to wait. Click here for the addresses and schedules of TV shows—and your chance to say hi to people back home on national television. Are you a Night Owl? If so, you can (and should) party at cocktail lounges in Chelsea and dancing dens in the Meatpacking District. There’s also cabaret and karaoke in Times Square, comedy clubs in Greenwich Village and Long Island City, and rock and roll venues on the Lower

East Side. Are you a Foodie? Foodies who want to savor delicious, authentic cuisines from every region in the world should head to Astoria or Flushing in Queens, the East Village in Manhattan, and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. Catch a Ballgame A visit to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Mets’ Citi Field in Queens or their minor-league teams—the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones—is a must for all baseball lovers. Runner Perks Take advantage of exclusive race weekend participant specials at many participating businesses all over the city!


Headliner Concert

Get ready to celebrate your run by rocking out to Nate Ruess, of FUN and The Format, as the headliner for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at the finish line! Concert is free and open to the public. FINISH LINE CONCERT STAGE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015 7:00am Race Begins 9:00am – 9:45am Local Band- The Zone 10:00am - 10:15am AWARDS PRESENTATION 10:15am - 11:30am NATE RUESS NOON Festival Ends

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Bands on the Course AMISTEAD

Since October, the band hit the ground running, playing their first full band set at Peggy O’Neill’s in support of Kiirstin Marilyn. Since then, the quartet has gone on to play shows all over New York City in venues such as The Pyramid Club, The Spot, Bar 13, The Delancey, and the Studio at Webster Hall while garnering the attention of local press such as “Pancakes and Whiskey”. They are currently working on their debut EP and have a multitude of shows lined up.

SOULAR RHYTHM

Soular Rhythm is a fantastic and dynamic group, with a home base of Brooklyn, NY. They are made up of authentic and talented players- Jackie is an exceptional male vocalist and guitarist who can sing anything for Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lord Kitchener, Ne-Yo , Frank Sinatra, and Marvin Gaye, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars. Bonnie is also a talented female vocalist and keyboard player who sings everything from Reggae, Calypso, Soca to hiphop, R&B and top 40, singing songs of Bob Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Lady Gaga, Rihanna to Selena Gomez. Junior is a talented Steel Pan Player who has traveled all over the world performing.

THE DRY STATES

The Dry States are a 3 piece LIVE Blues Rock group that plays a wide variety of original Blues. Soulful and honest songs about people, work & life. Original music & arrangements with danceable grooves.

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TEXAS WRANGLERS

Texas Wranglers is an excellent country and bluegrass group that plays the best classic and new country songs along with bluegrass fiddle music, classic rock and Zydeco (Cajun) hits. The guys have performed together for many years playing clubs, fairs, farms and private parties.

THE BROOKLYN DRUMLINE EXPRESS

The Brooklyn Express Drumline is known throughout the city for their energetic showmanship, sharp choreography, and powerful rhythms taking on over 40 various shows each year in diversified cities, states, colleges, show cases, competitions, fundraisers, parties, commercials, celebrity events, charity holdings, parades, weddings, celebrations, events, venuesand many other gatherings both big and small.

THE ZONE

The Zone is a popular rock band originally formed in 1990 by brothers Chris and Mike Mazzoni. For years, The Zone has been one of the most entertaining and talented cover bands to appear on the east coast. The Zone is known for energetic shows which mix contemporary rock, pop, and hard rock covers with fun re-makes of classic hits!


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Race Day Checklist

The final two days before a race are very important. Follow this checklist to ensure that you get the most out of the hard training you’ve done. —By Matt Fitzgerald 48:00 | DO A SHORT, FAST WORKOUT

For example, run three miles easy, then run 6 x 30-second relaxed sprints.

47:00 | START CARBO-LOADING

Be sure to consume high-carb foods and beverages at every meal.

31:00 | GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Getting adequate sleep is critical the final days before a big race.

22:00 | DO A SHORT, EASY WORKOUT It relieves mental and physical tension and keeps the body primed for performance.

21:00-10:00 | KEEP CARBO-LOADING

Maintain your high-carb diet throughout the last day before you race. Choose familiar foods that have always worked well for your body in the past. Now is not the time to experiment.

20:00 | GET YOUR GEAR TOGETHER

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18:00 | PLAN FOR RACE MORNING

Make a concrete plan for race morning that includes a wake-up time and a route to the race venue

3:00 | WAKE UP EARLY

Set an early alarm to give your body plenty of time to get up to speed. Try to climb out of bed at least three hours before the start horn blasts.

2:45 | EAT YOUR PRE-RACE MEAL

It is important to wake up in plenty of time to consume and digest a high-carb pre-race breakfast three hours before your race start.

2:15 | MAKE SURE YOUR GEAR IS READY Go through your gear checklist one last time. Be sure not to forget the small essentials such as sunscreen and your race number.

0:30 | WARM UP THOROUGHLY

Start your warm-up about half an hour before your race start. Begin with easy jogging, then do some dynamic stretches such as walking lunges and arm circles.


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Respect the Distance

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ADVICE FROM THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MEDICAL DIRECTOR, P.Z. PEARCE, M.D.

For many of you, this will be your first marathon or half marathon. Whether this is your first or fiftieth race, congratulations on your commitment to fitness and a healthy lifestyle! Whether you choose to run, walk or just rock, the following tips will help to ensure you have a fun and safe Rock ‘n’ Roll experience.

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It’s too late to start now, but you need to respect the distance you’ve chosen to walk or run. There are many different training programs available to you. Be sure you chose one that had you complete at least 2/3 of the race distance several times during your training period. If not, slow down and participate at a comfortable pace.

If you have not calculated your fluid needs for this race, there are two strategies which will ensure you don’t under or over-hydrate. The easiest is to only drink when you are thirsty. If you want to be a little more scientific, limit fluid intake to 4-8 oz of sports drink every 20 minutes.

Losing salt through sweating and complex hormone changes during exercise can result in lowering your serum [blood] sodium level. This will not only affect your performance, it may lead to muscle cramping, headache, dizziness and confusion. Have some sports drink along the course to quench your thirst, or follow your pre-planned schedule.

Fill out the medical information section on the back of your bib number. While serious medical problems are quite rare, knowing any medical problems you have, medications you are taking or allergies to medications is extremely helpful to our Medical Volunteers. Our goal is to treat all of our athletes like Rock Stars.

If you have questions, stop by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Sports Medicine Team booth at the Expo or visit one of our Medical Tents on race day. We would be happy to assist you. Have fun, be smart, and stay within your limits. In other words, Rock On… 28

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Local Trails Running in NYC is great. There are tons of routes available to run and if you’re visiting NYC or live here and want to know what routes to take your friends on, here are some great routes that showcase some of the best landmarks in NYC. The best thing about these routes, you don’t have to run marathons to be able to tackle these doable distances. Central Park Reservoir at Sunset: There’s no better time to run around this famous path than when the sun is setting. The scenic view takes my mind off the stress of the day and in my opinion this is the most beautiful view that represents NYC. The cinder path is soft underfoot and the flat path makes it an easy, meditative and peaceful run despite the fact that it’s smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Central Park Lower Loop Shake-out Run: This 1.7 mile loop is the perfect place to loosen up the legs before a race. On this loop you’ll run past Tavern on the Green, the New York City Marathon finish line, Bethesda Fountain and Sheep’s Meadow. Run 2 loops for a longer shake-out run. Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Grand Central Station: I ran variations of this route when training for my first New York City Marathon. It’s a great way to see part of the city without having to run a ton of miles. Once you get to Grand Central Station you can spend some time exploring before taking a train back to Brooklyn. Two Bridges Ice Cream Run: Is there anything better than planning a run that ends with ice cream on a hot day? Running across both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges is always challenging and scenic. Reward yourself after conquering two bridges by ending up at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory on Water Street. Lower Manhattan Sightseeing Tour: This is one of my all time favorite routes. I worked downtown for a number of years and loved being able to see so many famous landmarks during one short run. Even now that I’ve lived in NYC for over 14 years, I still love seeing the Statue of Liberty on my run. During a weekday this route gets a little crowded, but it’s pretty easy to navigate before the work day begins or on the weekend. By: Jess Underhill Follow @racepacejess and visit racepacejess.com for more tips! 30

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Run, Rock and Roll for a Cause with Humana and Charity Miles We run for a lot of great reasons – to feel fit and healthy, to clear our minds and to chase our personal best. And at the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll race weekend you can add another reason to that list by running for others! Race participants can raise money for charity during the weekend events simply by downloading the FREE Charity Miles app for Android or iPhone – that’s right, it’s completely free and easy to use, too. Once you have downloaded the app, you will be able to select one of more than 25 national charities that are important to you. For every mile you log via the app, Charity Miles will then donate 25 cents to the cause of your choice Consider this: If all estimated walkers/runners competed in at least one Rock ‘n’ Roll race with Charity Miles, we would raise over one million dollars for charity – now that’s what we call making Every Mile Matter!


So, don’t delay – follow these steps: STEP 1: Download the free Charity Miles app for your Android or iPhone STEP 2: Select a cause that is important to YOU STEP 3: Start walking/running/biking and log your miles STEP 4: Inspire others by sharing your results on Facebook or Twitter! Here’s to making a difference and running for even more great reasons to #rockyourhealth Sincerely,

Bruce Broussard President and Chief Executive Officer Humana Inc.

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Run Brooklyn & Philly to Earn This Zip-Up!

You’re getting PUMPED for the Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon. You’ve been training and logging those miles (or at least planning to). Why not keep up your fitness and ROCK another race with us in Philly on Halloween? Register to RUN the American Association for Cancer Research Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on October 31 and this stylish zip up is yours! You won’t need to brag to your friends, you can flaunt it! Register here: http://www.runrocknroll.com/philadelphia/register/

OCTOBER 10, 2015

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Rock ‘n’ Roll BROOKLYN HALF Marathon

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