The ink is barely dry on the NYC Half 2012, and already a new chapter on the distance is being written in New York City: In an apparent record for New York Road Runners, the Brooklyn Half-Marathon, set for May 19, sold out yesterday in less than 10 hours.
Organizers this morning could not recall any previous race selling out in less than 24 hours.
A new course offers a tour of the borough beginning on Washington Avenue near the Brooklyn Museum, doing a single loop through Prospect Park, passing Grand Army Plaza, continuing down Flatbush Avenue, and finishing on the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk. The changes allow for a field more than double the size of last year's race, from 6,000 finishers to 15,000 entrants. Nonetheless, the race filled in less than a third of the time it took in 2011, down from 31 hours.
"Registration for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon was a phenomenal, record-breaking success, selling out faster than any NYRR race ever has before," said New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. "We can't wait to celebrate our excited runners as they take on a 13.1-mile tour through the heart and best of Brooklyn."
The event records are held by Pat Petersen with a time of 1:03:56 that dates back to 1988, and Cindi Girard-Klein, who ran 1:13:15 in 1986. The race began in 1981.
Part of the popular NYRR 5-Borough Series, the Brooklyn Half-Marathon will begin at 7:00 a.m. and be part of NYRR's "Run the City" program, in which runners and race fans can receive discounts to shop, dine, and play throughout the weekend. A limited number of entries are still available through Team for Kids. For more information, click here.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg