Brooklyn's annual Half-Marathon, which runners say is a great way to see the borough, made its way from Prospect Park to Coney Island Saturday. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.
Thousands made their way from Prospect Park to Coney Island in the Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday morning. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.
Clear skies and a cool breeze—picture perfect conditions for the more than 27,000 runners packed into pens for the start of the Brooklyn Half marathon.
"Fantastic. It is really pretty. I wasn't expecting that. Yesterday it was raining all day," said one runner.
"The conditions were perfect—beautiful day. Brooklyn really shined today," another said.
The 13.1 mile course began in Prospect Park, ran down Ocean Parkway, and finished among the rides on the Coney Island Boardwalk.
"It is a great course. Twice around the park. And once you are out it is flat all the way down to the water," said a third runner.
Another runner commented on how the race has changed.
"Over the last 25 years since I've been here, a lot has changed. I think—just the development, how gentrified it is, different cultures—it is just a part of what is happening in Brooklyn," he said.
This is the most participants yet for the race which is in its 34th year; only Indianapolis draws a bigger field.
Mary Wittenberg of New York Road Runners says there is something about Brooklyn.
"We have got it all here. It is not only running. It is celebrating the community. So many restaurants, Coney Island—just all the local businesses are out in full support."
For the runners who really want experience all that Brooklyn has to offer, the race doesn't end at the finish line. It keeps on going right here to Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs for a post race snack.
"It's Brooklyn. What's more Brooklyn than Nathan's? You are running 13.1 miles. I want three hot dogs," one runner said.
As quickly as the race started, the cleanup begins before the winners hit the finish line.