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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Powering Through Medical Residency—and Brooklyn

May 14, 2014 by Stuart Calderwood

When Chandler Rainey was 13, she was inspired to start running by her marathoner dad, Scott Self. Joining him for a jog around their neighborhood in Rockwall, TX, gave them some father-daughter time. But running became much more for Rainey, who found that her talent equaled her enjoyment. She went on to run for the Texas A&M cross-country and track teams and achieved an excellent time of 17:31 for 5000 meters.

When Rainey started her medical Read More

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The Road to L.A. Runs through Brooklyn

May 09, 2014 by NYRR Staff

For most runners, qualifying for the Olympic Trials is about as likely as a ballplayer making it to the major leagues. But a few dedicated local athletes have good chances of hitting the mark for the marathon Trials on February 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, and they’re going for broke at the Brooklyn Half.

Women can qualify for the 2016 Trials by running a half-marathon in 1:15:00, and the men’s standard is 1:05:00. The new, fast Read More

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A Healthy Lifestyle Change

May 12, 2014 by Cecil Harris

For LeVar Kelly, the epiphany occurred three years ago when he had trouble fitting into a seat while waiting to board a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport. At the time, he weighed 312 pounds.

“I knew that I was carrying too much weight and if I continued on that route, I would have to deal with problems related to diabetes and high blood pressure,” said Kelly, 35. “I had to change my lifestyle.”

Kelly began Read More

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Restoring Power to Brooklyn

May 06, 2014 by Gail Kislevitz

When Jeffrey Clarkson, 42, reaches Coney Island on May 17, after running 13.1 miles at the Brooklyn Half, it will be a homecoming of sorts. Although Clarkson lives in Oxford, MA, he spent seven weeks working 14-hour days in Coney Island from November 4 through December 24, 2012.

His stint in Brooklyn included Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, while he repaired communication lines for Verizon to help residents get their power back and recover from the damage Read More

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A Newfound Love for Running

May 07, 2014 by David Alm

In December of 2012, Kaitlyn McCrystal ran a loop of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for the first time. It was the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog, and it was one of her first races ever. She’d just started running and was still trying to figure out how much of her life she could devote to the sport.

But she’d caught the running bug, and before long she was training for the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon that spring. Read More

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