The area is safe and good for kids, but parking is tough when there’s a big event going on. As an avid Brooklyn runner, I’m also curious what race exactly this is. Is it the May 2019 NYRR Brooklyn Half (for which registration hasn’t opened yet)? The October 2018 NYCRuns Brooklyn Half (which doesn’t go to Coney Island)? Or something else? I’ve run or have friends who’ve run/organized these races and would be happy to give you more info.
You could always park at the Avenue U station of the Q train, and take the subway train the last 6 stops to Coney Island. Or park at Beverley Road of the Q train (I know from frequent experience that there's lots of parking there between Coney Island Avenue and E. 16th St) and ride the subway for 20 minutes to Coney Island.Edited: 22 August 2018, 20:45
I wasn’t familiar with this race until now - I’m wondering if it’s a new event? I understand it’s run entirely on the boardwalk, with multiple loops, which should be great for watching and cheering your runner. Do tell whoever’s running to watch their footing, though - the boardwalk can be treacherous in places.
No real advice on parking. I’d check with the event website to see what they suggest. You may well be able to find street parking around CI or by a nearby subway station (the Q stop in Sheepshead Bay is another possibility), but that could also be a hassle. Depending on where you’re coming from, taking public transportation the entire way could be the easiest thing to do.
CI is fine.
At an event like a half marathon, there will be loads of people, volunteers and NYPD around.
Postscript to my post - I was responding on my phone, which means I didn't see the bit where you clearly state that you're the one running . . . sorry to have missed that, and best of luck to you! Hope you'll report back on the experience.
lke313......hey....you change your name?