An international cadre of elite athletes convened in Prospect Park to test their mettle in the world-famous Brooklyn Marathon on Saturday.
The runners breezed through Crown Heights, sailed through Kensington, and flew through Windsor Terrace along Eastern Parkway on their way to Brooklyn’s Backyard, before enduring not one, not two, but five passes of Prospect Park’s 3.36-mile running loop.
The event featured top-notch striders from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Venezuela, and other far off locales, but it was Jersey jogger Ethan Koreff who took the gold, striding past the finish with an admirable time of two hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds.
More than 600 runners participated in this year’s 26.3-mile endurance race, which also featured a half marathon that one runner described as about twice as easy as the longer race.
“It’s quite easier,” said Miguel Fernandes, who travelled from the hinterlands of New Jersey, finished the Half Marathon in 2 hours and 6 minutes. “My muscles are a little sore, but overall my experience was great.”