Archive for May, 2009

Race Report Round Up: Brooklyn Half Marathon

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Over 9,500 runners crossed the finish line for the 2009 Brooklyn Half Marathon, over 60% more than last year’s Brooklyn Half.  Brooklyn Running has a lot of great coverage of the event.

Feedback on the new course:

“even factoring in the crowded park at the start, the general consensus was the revised course was great!” – rundangerously

“I’d assumed the park would be hell, to tell the truth. Hills are hard, of course, and now we’d have overlapping runners for two full laps and a few hundred yards of a third, plus all the regular park-goers crossing the road. Turns out, it wasn’t too bad.” – Live to Run – Run to Live

“we had a steady downhill slope to the beach, rather than the steady uphill – - excellent improvement!” -eastcoastwestcoast

“I really like half marathons and the run TO Coney Island, albeit a bit dull along Ocean Blvd., was a much better course than the other way around.” -Elevene

In the News: NYC Running Routes

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

NBC New York has an interview with Warwick and Nola Ford, authors of the newly released Fun on Foot in New York, about the best routes to run in the New York City area:

This Weekend in Running, Brooklyn Half Edition

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The National Weather Service is forecasting a somewhat warm weekend for running in New York City, but luckily it looks like the Brooklyn Half won’t be a wet one.



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Japan Day 4M Sold Out

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

NYRR has updated their website indicating that Sunday’s Japan Day 4 Mile has sold out.  However, as of Wednesday morning, Saturday’s  Brooklyn Half Marathon, is still open for in-person registration.

Site News: Upcoming Races

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Please be sure to check out the new Upcoming Races section of the NYC Running Blog for a listing of local races taking place in the next couple of months.  If there’s a local race that you’d like to see posted, please e-mail Matt the details.

Brooklyn Half Nearing Capacity

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

In an update to their website, NYRR has announced that the Brooklyn Half Marathon is nearing registration capacity.  This was previously announced on May 8th, but the announcement was removed from until today.  Runners who want to run this race should register soon.

Record Number of Runners Expected for Brooklyn Half

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix Presented by Continental Airlines: Brooklyn is expected to have a record number of finishers—perhaps almost double—according to a press release from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office:

Registration numbers are expected to reach an all-time record high and race officials anticipate almost double the 2008 finisher total of 5,832.

The full press release, after the jump:

Brooklyn Half Marathon Develops into Major Event

Monday, May 18th, 2009

With a new race course ending in Coney Island, the Brooklyn Half Marathon is developing into a day-long celebration along the boardwalk.  Not only will over a dozen local businesses offer discounts, but there will also be a post-race festival on the beach and a kids’ race in KeySpan Park.

NYRR has also posted the full course map [PDF] and a revised description to their website.

Wall Street Run 3M

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Tuesday evening, May 19th is the American Heart Association Start! Wall Street Run & Heart Walk, a 3-miler that runs through the streets of the Financial District in downtown Manhattan. Registration for the race is still open, but it is not a scored race and does not count as a qualifier for the NYC Marathon.

Correction: the walk is not scored and is not a qualifier, but the run is.

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2009 Healthy Kidney 10K Race Report Round Up

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

2009 Healthy Kidney 10K WinnersDespite the intermittent rain, Saturday’s Healthy Kidney 10K had over 7,500 7,800* finishers cross the finish line, almost 22% more finishers than the 2008 Healthy Kidney 10K. Tadese Tola of Ethiopia won the race with a time of 27:48, setting a new course record. He was the recipient of a $20,000 bonus prize from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates for breaking the standing record, which was set by Dathan Ritzenhein in 2007.

*Update: Due to an issue with the finish line timing mats, some finish times were not taken.  Runners have been able to resolve the issue by e-mailing their time to NYRR.