Brooklyn Half 2014 Stories

They Run Brooklyn

May 17, 2014 by Cecil Harris

Brooklyn is home to many diverse running clubs and teams. Check out all the groups that rule Brooklyn below, and cheer for them today!

Black Girls Run: Determined to “Preserve the Sexy,” BGR’s NYC chapter often runs in Prospect Park and through the neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York.

Black Men Run: Called “very supportive and motivational” by member LeVar Kelly, BMR’s NYC chapter holds group runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Prospect Park.

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Volunteers Who Gain by Giving

May 16, 2014 by Justin Worsley

While members of the NYC chapter of Black Men Run and Black Girls Run will be racing the Brooklyn Half on Saturday, a support group of their peers will be cheering from their volunteer station at mile 9, where they’ll be handing out fluids to all the runners on Ocean Parkway in Midwood.

For several of the volunteers, it’s their first event with their teams. “Some members are not ready to do Read More

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Following in Dad’s Footsteps

May 15, 2014 by David Alm

Donny Lopez, the principal of P.S. 163 on West 97th Street in Manhattan, was born in Williamsburg, and although he lived there only three months, he’s always proud to say he’s from Brooklyn. On May 17, he’ll celebrate the borough with a newfound passion at the Brooklyn Half. 
Lopez, 36, who lives in Washington Heights, started running a year ago, when his father convinced him to do the Portugal Day 5M on Father’s Day. Read More

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A Family of Volunteers

May 11, 2014 by Sarah Wassner Flynn

Growing up in Queens, and crazy about the New York City Marathon, Ellen and Jim Cunningham were regular volunteers on Marathon Sunday.  They marshaled athletes, pitched in at water tables, and helped runners at the finish. Jim, who’s 10 years Ellen’s junior, served as a “gopher” for his sister when she became one of NYRR’s first elite athlete coordinators, back in the 80s.

“I could always trust him to get things done,” says Ellen. 

Jim is now Read More

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Neighborhoods Along the Course

May 10, 2014 by Justin Worsley

The Brooklyn Half course includes many different Brooklyn neighborhoods. Check them out, from start to finish, as you run through the Borough of Kings on May 17!

Prospect Heights: This popular neighborhood, which features the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, got even hotter after the opening of the Barclays Center in 2012.

Crown Heights: Originally developed as a posh enclave for Manhattan’s growing bourgeois class, this neighborhood now hosts the annual Labor Day Parade in Read More

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Helping Brooklyn Thrive

May 13, 2014 by Rachel W. Cooperman

If you’ve never heard of Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano in Coney Island, you’ve been missing out. But no worries; now’s the time to check out Totonno’s and 55 other Brooklyn businesses through the Brooklyn Half Run the City program, which helps runners and their friends and families find hidden treasures in the areas where NYRR races are run. 

“My grandfather, Anthony Pero, brought pizza as we know it to America,” says 62-year-old Antoinette Balzano.

Exaggeration or Read More

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