New York City is renowned for legendary races that are respected the world over: Think ING NY Marathon. This global attention heightens the excitement of the race, but it also increases the popularity of it, unfortunately leaving many local runners left out of the competition.
The Brooklyn Marathon is a chance for New York runners to take back the track, so to speak. Hundreds of runners have already registered and any runner who participated in the ING New York City Marathon, but were unable to complete it (and can provide proof as such), will be automatically accepted into the Brooklyn Marathon for a second shot at glory.
What a relief, right? Let’s not put that training into waste. head onto the mileage! This is for you, dear readers, who lives around the city that never sleeps or may perhaps be within the vicinity on the said date.
With just a month left before the start time of the Brooklyn Marathon, the race reached capacity, but registration cap has now been raised to accommodate increasing demand. Additionally, any local runner who participated in the ING New York City Marathon, but is unable to complete it (and can provide proof as such), will be automatically accepted into the Brooklyn Marathon for a second shot at glory.
“Brooklyn is an ever-evolving entity and is home to a thriving—and growing— community of independent races and running clubs,” said Steve Lastoe, Founder of NYCRUNS. “The Brooklyn Marathon will offer a new landmark event to celebrate the city as one of the greatest running towns in the world and will also offer a new racing option to local runners wishing to run a marathon in their hometown.”
Recognizing the need for a wider variety of events to cater to the growing market, NYCRUNS worked closely with city officials such as Councilman Brad Lander and governmental organizations like the Prospect Park Alliance on the details of this debut competition. The Brooklyn Marathon is being supported by local sponsors such as SUNY Downstate Medical Center/LICH, The Brooklyn Cyclones, Six Point Craft Ales and JackRabbit Sports; in conjunction with NYCRUNS. Brooklyn-based running clubs such as Brooklyn Road Runners, North Brooklyn Runners, Prospect Park Track Club and South Brooklyn Runners have pledged their support the day of the race.
On the morning of November 20, the Brooklyn Marathon will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Center Drive in Prospect Park. The race course will stay within the boundaries of the park, requiring runners to complete six full laps of the park and three lower loops for a total of 26.2 miles.
For more information on the Brooklyn Marathon, please feel free to visit http://www.thebrooklynmarathon.com.