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Run in the sun: Runners endure 13.1 miles of fun during Brooklyn Half Marathon

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Fitness fanatics the world over gathered in Prospect Park for the 39th-annual Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday, where the runners pushed themselves to the very limit of human endurance — to snag one of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs!

“The minute you get to Coney you know there’s a party in the end,” said Sunset Park resident Connie Bree, who celebrated her one-hour, 46-minute finish with one of the Coney Island eatery’s delicious dogs. “That’s going to make anybody faster.”

A whopping 26,803 runners completed the 13.1-mile race, setting off from Brooklyn’s Backyard in the early hours, before shooting down Ocean Parkway, and ending to the roar of cheering crowds on the Coney Island Boardwalk in a route that one Manhattan runner described as hard to beat in more ways than one.

“It’s one of my favorites,” said runner Alex Rush, who clocked a personal-best time of one hour, 49 minutes during Saturday’s race. “The course is so cool, going through Prospect Park, getting to run all the way down Ocean Parkway, and you can’t beat ending at Coney Island. It’s so much fun.”

The race organizers with the New York Road Runners distributed an estimated 520,000 recyclable cups of water and Gatorade for the race, which was a year in the making, according to a spokesperson for New York Road Runners.

Out-of-towner Louis Serafini, who traveled from Somerville, Mass to compete in the Brooklyn Half, annihilated the race record by a breezy four seconds, finishing in an impressive one hour, three minutes, and beating out Ethiopian runners Birhanu Dare Kemal and Urgesa Kedir Figa for the gold.

West Side Runners Club member Fein Gudeto Gemeda won the women’s race with a time of one hour, twelve minutes, beating US Olympic Trials qualifier Roberta Groner and Harriott Kelly.

Saturday’s joggers were joined by former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, who ran for New York Road Runner’s Team for Kids Ambassador, and retired Jets offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who jogged with Compassion International. Barber finished in one hour, 52 minutes, while Ferguson crossed the finish line after running two hours, 15 minutes.

Other famous finishers included Broadway actress Christy Altomare, model Ruby Aldridge, and award-winning chef Daniel Humm.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 1:29 pm, May 22, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Moonbeam from Park Slope says:
Are there vegan hot dog options? Asking for people who don't like to get nutrition from the death and suffering of innocent creatures of the earth.
May 21, 3:26 am
Sunshine from Coney Island says:
Moonbeam, run somewhere else. Keep your eltist kill joy politics where they belong, in Park Slope and the UWS. Don't come back to Coney Island. We don't want you.
May 21, 9:58 am
JD from Gravesend says:
Moonbeam, but you are OK with getting your nutrition from the death and suffering of living vegetation and ripping the ovaries (that's fruit to those who don't know) of innocent plants? That's hypocritical.
May 21, 11:53 am
Jim from Coney Island says:
Are late-term abortions okay with you, Moonbeam? Is a nine-month unborn a baby, a living being, or just a mass of tissues that can be thrown away in the medical trash?
May 21, 2:59 pm
Caitlynn from Vegan says:
I see that eating animal flesh fills the above commenters with rage and aggression. As a vegan, I wouldn’t know about those kind of eating dead creatures induced feelings. I don’t expect everyone to live the same ethical life I do, but they should at least try.
May 21, 3:34 pm
Jim from Coney Island says:
Why are you speaking for women? I don't. I adked a question about whether Moonbeam thinks an unborn is a baby (that has the right to life) or not. He hasn't answered. You intruded yourself instead, speaking for "any abortion at any time." I guess that "any time" means you're happy to have abortions performed at delivery.
May 21, 4:25 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
So you're OK with forcing a rape victim to deliver her rapist's baby? You're sick!
May 21, 5:10 pm
Jim from Coney Island says:
Henry Ford, did you delete your comment saying you are for "any abortion at any time" and men should not speak for women, when that was what you did then and are doing again with your latest comment? Why did you delete your first pan-abortion position? I don't speak for women. All I did was ask Moonbeam if he thinks a fetus is a living being.
May 21, 6:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I didn't delete my comment, you twatwaffle. The paper deleted it, so I re-posted it. Go to bed, grandpa.
May 21, 6:53 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
They keep deleting my comment.
May 21, 8:06 pm
Jim from Coney Island says:
Henry Ford, why do you insist on speaking for women? Women can speak for themselves. They don't need men interpreters and they don't care how ok you are with abortions 24/7.
May 21, 9:32 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You really are an idiot. What part of "It's none of your business (or mine) what a woman does with her body." are you unable to grasp? Shut your pie hole and remember to wake up in the morning, stupid.
May 21, 9:39 pm
Karen from Coney Island says:
Henry Ford, it's too bad you haven't had the opportunity of having an abortion. You are such a great supporter, so thank you. Asbortion is liberating and empowering. The T shirt that says "Abortion is normal" captures it perfectly.
May 21, 11:24 pm
Whoopi Goldfarb from The View says:
Karen you sound like a lovely human being, I feel sorry for any man or child in your life! Maybe Henry Ford would be an option though!
May 22, 5:16 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
It's crazy how a story about a Brooklyn half marathon has turned into the abortion debate. You people are idiots and need to stay out of others people's business. Conservatives are always concerned about what everyone else is doing instead of monitoring their own choices.
May 22, 7:19 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
That started when Jim from Coney Island brought abortion into the comments. Congrats, Jim.
May 22, 7:31 am
Wendall Kermane says:
As a Christian, I would never eat an abortion hot dog.
May 22, 7:45 am
Jill from Coney Island says:
No, Henry, a far left progressive named Moonbeam used the story of the half marathon to virtue shame meat eaters who "cause the death and suffering of innocent creatures of the earth" and that caused JD to ask if he's ok eating living vegetation that's caused suffering and then Jim asked what he thinks about innocent human babies being killed. The left is insolent and intolerant. You are a prime example. You slur and slander. You haven't presented a position or argument.
May 22, 9:48 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You really are an idiot.
May 22, 9:54 am
Jill from Coney Island says:
See, now you slander me. All you do is call mames. You sound really unhappy.
May 22, 10:11 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Learn to spell, idiot. You have no argument and you are wrong.
May 22, 10:17 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Tell us your feelings on same sex marriage, something that does not affect you in any way, like abortion. Go back to Ohio and mind your own business.
May 22, 10:19 am
Barbara from Park Slope says:
Henry, you do sound unhappy. Do you insult everyone you see on the street? Have you ever had a date?
May 22, 10:46 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I'm a proud virgin, Barbara. Would you like to be my first?
May 22, 10:51 am
Brooke from Williamsburg says:
Barbara - toxic masculinity much? Do you measure a man’s worth by how many “chicks” he’s “banged”?! Is he only a “real man” if he’s out having sex in a heterosexual manner with women?! Disgusting, regressive.
May 22, 8:02 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I'm a proud virgin, Brooke. Would you like to be my first?
May 22, 9:30 pm
Mahmoud Fallaphel from Rabic🐟 says:
Vegan rights now!!
May 23, 8:24 pm

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