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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday May 17th


Today, Saturday, is the Brooklyn Half Marathon #BrooklynHalf and I've got a number of friends on Facebook chatting away with excitement about the upcoming run.

I barely knew of it last year, and I'm surprised there isn't more news about it around today. I'm guessing present day realities and fears of violence are part of the reason, there are several textual course maps online but a few searches haven't turned up one image of the relatively simple basic course.

That said by Friday morning Eastern Parkway was being lined with port-a-potties in a way reminiscent of an art installation, with the starting point being The Brooklyn Museum.

Because of the thousands of runners who will be amassing at the museum, subway service will be adjusted and the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station will be closed during the race.

Specifically:

All 2 trains will skip the Brooklyn Museum stop from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on race day. 

The 4 train from Manhattan will terminate at Atlantic Avenue; runners can switch at Atlantic to the 2 or Q.

The race kicks off at From the museum the race will wind through Prospect Park and then go into a long stretch ending at Coney Island.

If my stubborn sinus infection will abate I'll be out there and have photos. Either way, good luck runners.

For more coverage check the Brooklyn Eagle.

And course details are at the RoadRunners club website.

UPDATE
I did manage to get out there and capture some pictures like this one below of the front runners exiting Prospect Park for the last time on their way toward the long stretch of Ocean Parkway ending in Coney Island.


Early on Runners entering the Park off Parkside Avenue.