Brooklyn Half Marathon draws 25,500

Running to sea level! Half Marathon hits the road

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GET UP AND GO: Yumiko Higaki enjoys free Toby’s Real Estate cappuccinos at the shindig.
CLEAN, MEAN RUNNING MACHINE: Barbers gave a few thousand haircuts during the Brooklyn Half Marathon pre-parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
RUNNING WILD: The band Porcelain Raft played the marathon bash.
POWERFUL IN PINK: Carla Biagini of Crown Heights took to the streets for the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday.
GRAND RAN: Runners loop around Grand Army Plaza.
SOUTHBOUND AND DOWN: Runners come down the entrance ramp to Ocean Parkway.
FAN-DEMONIUM: Spectators cheer as runners gallop toward the finish line.
SURF AND TURF: Athletes with a tremendous pain tolerance approach the finish line on the Coney Island Boardwalk.
TOUCHDOWN!: Athletes cross the finish line.
COLD ONES: Randy Pease, left, of Crown Heights, and Ben Brisson of Manhattan celebrate the completion of the brutal slog with some brewskis at MCU Park.

And they ran. They ran so far away.

The 34th annual Brooklyn Half Marathon drew 25,500 runners, its largest ever turnout, to tackle the 13.1-mile course on Saturday. The test of endurance organized by New York Road Runners was a blast, a participant said.

“It was just as much fun as it was two years ago,” said Crown Heights resident Carla Biagini, who ran the daunting jaunt in 2012.

This year, fitness buffs started off at Prospect Park and walked, jogged, and ran to Ocean Parkway, then continued on all the way to Coney Island.

Many celebrated crossing the finish line by chowing down along the Boardwalk.

The party started days before the runners went off to the races with a May 14–16 shindig in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2, which opened to the public for the first time for the occasion.

The pier includes basketball, handball, and bocce courts, as well as a roller rink, swings, picnic tables, restrooms, and workout gear.

The bash featured food trucks serving up cuisine from around the world, three bands each night, and a pop-up barbershop on the pier for revelers craving a neck-shave between sets.

“We were pretty busy and had a few thousand people coming through to our booth,” said Matthew Wire, a scissor-handler who manned the booth for the chop shop Fellow Barber.

The pre-run party exceeded Biagini’s wildest expectations, she said.

“I went Friday evening and was just over-whelemed that it was as big as it was,” she said. “New York Road Runners went all out this year.”

Updated 4:10 pm, May 21, 2014
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Mom from Clinton Hill says:
This news from (most unfortunate typo ever): Officials with New York Road Runners say the 31-year-old man collapsed at the finished line and was taken to Coney Island hospital.
May 19, 2014, 8:02 pm
Ted from Iowa says:
I've heard that running is bad for your knees and ultimately is not a great way to burn calories. Weight lifting is better and won't kill you. Is that true?
May 20, 2014, 9:38 am

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