Brooklyn Half Marathon moves to TV with ‘NYRR On The Run”

Watch “NYRR On The Run at the Brooklyn Half” with Karla Bruning, Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. on ABC in New York or any time online. Photo: Coney Island-AP

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.

Watch on ABC.

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

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 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, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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