On Saturday (16 May), the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon drew its biggest field since its inception 34 years ago - 26,482 runners crossed the finish line - a figure that also makes the event the largest half marathon in the United States this year.
The race, organised by New York Road Runners, saw competitors move through the heart of Brooklyn, past the Botanic Gardens and the Grand Army Plaza, before entering Prospect Park then finishing with a dash along the iconic boardwalk of Coney Island.
The fast and predominantly flat route incorporates some of Brooklyn’s most famous sights and attractions, including Prospect Park, the New York Aquarium and, of course, that triumphant closing stretch that overlooks the beach.
It proved to be a closely fought contest at the top of the field, with Ethiopian Negash Abebe Duki leading the men home in 1:05:01, with Cam Marantz just four seconds behind in 1:05:05 and Ayele Megersa taking third place in 1:05:17. In the women’s competition, Megan Hook secured first in 1:13:33, with Sarah Cummings second (1:15:33) and Rolanda Bell third (1:16:01).
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