It’s all about Brooklyn. NYRR On The Run at the Brooklyn Half, hosted by yours truly, looks at the race that has quickly become one of America’s largest half-marathons. More than 21,000 runners finished the 13.1-mile race from the Brooklyn Museum through Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park to the spectacular water-front finish on the Coney Island boardwalk.
“On The Run” was on the scene to capture all the excitement of race week and bring you the stories of regular runners like you and me.
We meet Keith Williams, a runner who blogs Brooklyn one neighborhood at a time at TheWeeklyNabe.com. Check out his behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be an “On The Run” subject in his post, Running Brooklyn on your television. Keith took me on a running tour of the Borough of Kings from the Brooklyn Half Pre-Party in Dumbo to Grand Army Plaza near mile 2 of the race.
You’ll also meet Yasir Salem, a runner and triathlete who also happens to be one of the world’s best competitive eaters. Ranked 19th in the world by Major League Eating, Yasir uses running as a way to stay in shape for food competitions and to live a healthier life. He’s already earned a seat at the table of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest—twice. The Brooklyn Half finishes in front of Nathan’s Famous where Yasir will compete again this summer.
New York City has a thriving club running scene. North Brooklyn Runners exemplifies that team spirit with their passion for Brooklyn and dedication to the community. They take us on a run and show us what it’s like to be a Brooklyn club runner.
And finally, we catch up with some of Coney Island’s most famous businesses that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The famous Cyclone roller coaster, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Nathan’s Famous, and the Brooklyn Beach Shop all sustained significant damage in the storm. Brooklyn Beach Shop lost all of their inventory, Nathan’s shop of Surf Avenue was flooded, and the mechanical systems for the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel took hits. But they’ve been working through the winter to restore Coney Island for the summer season and welcome the 25,000 runners registered for the Brooklyn Half.
So check out the video here or at ontherun.nyrr.org. This episode is all about Brooklyn and all about regular runners like you and me.
And here’s a behind the scenes slideshow from the “On The Run” shoot! Follow “On The Run” on Instagram at nyrr_ontherun.
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.