NEW YORK, May 17, 2013—The Brooklyn Half is back, bigger than ever and on TV too. More than 25,000 runners will tackle the 13.1-mile course through New York City’s most populous borough, making it the second largest half-marathon in the U.S. and top five in the world.
New York Road Runners’ “On The Run at the Brooklyn Half” hosted by yours truly will be there to capture all the action for a special half-hour episode on WABC-7 in New York on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.
It’s fitting for the city that’s having a moment. For the first time since 1957, Brooklyn has its own professional sports team in the Brooklyn Nets. And now the 33-year-old Brooklyn Half has quadrupled its size in the last two years with a new course, a new footwear and apparel sponsor in New Balance, and a new three-day pre-race party.
The race’s start goes off at 7 a.m., Saturday, May 18. The course takes runners from Grand Army Plaza through bucolic Prospect Park to Coney Island for an oceanfront finish on the boardwalk, where they can enjoy post-race hot dogs, a dip in the ocean, and ride on the historic Cyclone roller coaster. Along the way, runners will find an entertainment zone per mile and DJ’s and the start and finish.
But the party really started Wednesday at the Brooklyn Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance. It’s a new take on the traditional race expo with DJ’s, Brooklyn bands, food trucks, and an outdoor beer garden featuring Brooklyn brews and other local eateries serving tacos, pickles, Italian ice, sweets and more, all under the shadow of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The party continues through Friday at the Old Tobacco Warehouse, the remnants of 19th century warehouse beside Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Three-time Olympian Kim Smith of New Zealand will be the star professional athlete in the race.
But Sunday’s “On The Run” broadcast will focus on local Brooklyn runners and what makes Brooklyn such a vibrant running community.
The show follows an up-and-coming competitive eater who already has his bid for the Nathan’s Famous July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest. He uses running to help keep him in shape for eating competitions.
A former-Jeopardy champion turned Brooklyn neighborhood blogger takes us on a running tour of some of his favorite spots in the borough.
And we catch up with some Coney Island establishments that were hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, including the iconic Mermaid Parade, which is facing the threat of extinction after 30 years.
We’ll bring you all those stories and more in “NYRR On The Run at the Brooklyn Half.” Tune in Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. on ABC in New York. Or watch the episode starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at ontherun.nyrr.org.
If you’re in New York and want to run, race day registration is still available. Entry fees are $55 for New York Road Runners members and $75 for non-members. Visit nyrr.org for more info.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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