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Propeled by praise: Spectators’ shows of support fuel half-marathoners to finish

Finish line: Runners reach the end of course in Coney Island.
Photo by Erica Price

This half marathon was full of good will!

All smiles: James West, Marva Joseph, and Marie Young didn’t let the rain stop them from having fun.
Photo by Erica Price

Hordes of big-hearted fans packed the sidelines of this year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon, flashing smiles and shouting cheers that helped its more than 25,000 runners power their way to the finish line, according to an athlete, who said the support helped her smash her personal race record.

Wet and weary: Runners cross the half marathon’s finish line.
Photo by Erica Price

“I loved the crowd, the cheering, the excitement — it was beautiful,” said Marie Young, who lives in Canarsie. “It was a dream come true!”

And they’re off: Runners didn’t let a little rain stop them from taking to the streets on May 19 for the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon.
Photo by Taylor Balkom

Young and 25,345 others — including such notable competitors as former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach, and Olympic athlete Deena Kastor, the bronze medalist in the women’s marathon at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece — jogged their way through the 13.1-mile course on Saturday, making their way from its starting point near the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Heights through Prospect Park and down Ocean Parkway to the finish line on Coney Island’s recently landmarked Riegelmann Boardwalk.

Cover up: A runner sports a poncho to protect himself from the rain during Saturday’s half-marathon.
Photo by Taylor Balkom

Many athletes accessorized their sporty ensembles with plastic ponchos to shield them from the steady downpour that fell for several hours that day, but the deluge failed to put a damper on the festivities, according to another runner, who said getting wet just added to the fun.

Drop off: Race participants ditched their ponchos after the rain let up.
Photo by Taylor Balkom

“I kind of enjoyed running in the rain,” said Canarise resident Marva Joseph.

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