Jason Hartmann and Nick Arciniaga will lead the professional field for Saturday’s NYRR 5-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half-Marathon, organized by New York Road Runners.
The second race in the NYRR 5 Borough Series, the sold-out Brooklyn Half-Marathon this year expects a field of 15,000 finishers, two and one-half times the 6,000 who completed the race in 2011. A change in the course has allowed for the expanded field. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., the runners will start near the Brooklyn Museum, loop through Prospect Park, dash down Ocean Parkway, and finish on the famous boardwalk of Coney Island.
Hartmann, 31, of Boulder, CO, was the top American finisher in the Boston Marathon last month, in fourth place overall with a time of 2:14:31 on a day with temperatures in the upper 80s. A native of Rockford, MI, and a high school teammate of two-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, Hartmann won the 2009 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and was runner-up in the 2006 USA Half-Marathon Championships in a personal best 1:03:07.
Arciniaga, 28, of Flagstaff, AZ, was the runner-up in the 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon in a time of 2:11:30 and eighth in the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. He represented the U.S. in the 2011 IAAF World Championships Marathon. In January, the native of Fountain Valley, CA, placed eighth in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. He brings a half-marathon personal best of 1:03:22.
Heading up the women’s field is Bekelech Bedada, an Ethiopian living in New York City who last weekend won the women’s division of the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K and in March finished 10th in the NYC Half, running a personal best 1:10:54. She could be challenged by Aziza Aliyu of Albuquerque, NM, who was 12th in the NYC Half 2012 in 1:11:15, her fastest time ever for the distance. Aliyu, representing Ethiopia, was the 2004 World Junior Cross Country Championships silver medalist.
The men’s event record of 1:03:56, set by Pat Peterson in 1988, and the women’s record of 1:13:15, set by Cindi Girard-Klein in 1986, are both likely to be threatened.
Also expected in the field are New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Dan Garodnick.
In its 32nd year, the Brooklyn Half-Marathon is part of NYRR’s Run the City program, which offers race participants and spectators discounts and special offers at restaurants, stores, and attractions. At least 37 businesses throughout Brooklyn are set to participate this year.
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