Brooklyn Marathon introduced for subsequent 12 months

BROOKLYN – The city has signed a new marathon that will be held in Brooklyn.

For a marathon runner like Caroline McNeill, there is nothing like running a race on the streets of the city.

“I like the street,” said McNeill. “I like the intensity. I like to avoid the traffic. I like to see people. “

McNeill has run the New York City Marathon four times. She wants to take it up again in the fall.

She also ran the Brooklyn Marathon years ago when it was held primarily in Prospect Park. Now she is looking forward to competing in the new version of the race on the streets of her home district.

“I can’t wait to see what the new course is,” said McNeill.

New York City Runs, the organizer of the Brooklyn Marathon, will run its street race from the north to the south end of Brooklyn. The 26.2 mile route begins near McCarren Park and takes runners along the East River Waterfront to Coney Island before ending in Prospect Park. Founder Steve Lastoe said the goal is to make this marathon one of the largest that will benefit the city.

“I really want it to be focused on New York City, nonprofits, and corporations in New York City,” said Lastoe. “Of course we want international reach, international growth, but we really want something that feels like Brooklyn and New York-specific.”

The announcement brings two major marathons to the city. With around 50,000 participants, the New York City Marathon is the largest in the world. The organizers of this marathon said there is room for both and that it is good to give city runners more opportunities to race.

The organizers of the Brooklyn Marathon hope to have at least 15,000 applicants for the first race in April next year.

Caroline McNeill could be the first to get in.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “I’ll tear it up. Tell all 50 year olds to watch out. ”

Registration opens on July 1st.

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