We’re back! “On The Run,” New York Road Runners’ web show hosted by yours truly, is back for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. But this time we’re making the leap to the big time. We’re going to be on TV! WABC-7 in New York will air “NYRR On The Run at the Brooklyn Half” on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.
Then the episode will hit the web so anyone, anywhere can catch all the action from the means streets of Brooklyn.
It’s the biggest Brooklyn Half in the race’s 33 year history. More than 25,000 people have registered for the 13.1-mile race that takes runners from Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park to the boardwalk in Coney Island, making it the second largest half-marathon in the U.S. and top five in the world. The half-hour episode of “On The Run” will bring race highlights, but also a bit of local Brooklyn flavor.
The race kicked off on Wednesday with a three-day pre-party in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, sandwiched between the Manhattan Bridge and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.
This isn’t your average race expo. Presented by race sponsor New Balance, runners pick up bib and race shirts at the Old Tobacco Warehouse to the beats of a DJ, live bands play on an outdoor stage, food trucks line the walls of the warehouse, and a beer garden serves up Brooklyn brews along with treats from a slew of local eateries. It’s a whole new take on a race expo, and having spent the last two night there I can honestly say this: it’s spectacular. Without contest, it’s the most fun and most creative race expo or pre-party I’ve ever seen.
Come Sunday, “On The Run” will bring you highlights from the pre-party and the race itself.
But we’ll also meet competitive eater Yasir Salem, who’s ranked 19th in the world by Major League Eating. He’s running the half, which finishes near the mecca of the competitive eating world—Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, home of the Nathan’s Famous July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest. It’s the Super Bowl of eating, and Salem already has his qualifying spot in this year’s competition. He shares an inside peek into the life of a competitive eater and runner.
Blogger Keith Williams takes us on a running tour of Brooklyn from the pre-party in Dumbo to Grand Army Plaza between miles 1 and 2 of the race. He’s a former Jeopardy champion and author of TheWeeklyNabe.com, a blog dedicated to exploring Brooklyn one neighborhood at a time. He also happens to be a fast runner who trains with the Prospect Park Track Club.
We jogged four easy miles—and yes, we really ran the whole thing, even though the segment with be just a few minutes long. It was my first run since the Providence Half Marathon on Sunday and his last run before he tackles the Brooklyn Half this Saturday.
“On The Run” also spends some time with North Brooklyn Runners, a running club in New York that’s unique in its neighborhood-centric take on running and giving back to the local community.
And we’ll spend some time in Coney Island, which was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Many of the businesses there are still struggling to get back on their feet, including the iconic Mermaid Parade, a 30-year tradition that’s sadly in danger of extinction.
The “On The Run” crew has been just that: on the run all over Brooklyn the last two days and will be on the streets Friday and Saturday too with those stories and more.
So join us on the run! Tune in Sunday at 1 pm on ABC-7 in New York or check it out online at ontherun.nyrr.org.
You can also follow the On The Run Instagram feed for fun photos from our shoots, like this one with my brand new New Balance kicks. (My hair looks a little crazy because I’d just come from, you guessed it, a run).
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.