NYRR On The Run Is Back For The NYC Half Marathon

Here are the On The Run at NYC Half episodes so far!

On The Run at NYC Half: Elite Runner Mike Cassidy and The Magic of Goodwill

On The Run at NYC Half: Expo, Charity Runners & Black Roses NYC

We’re back! I’ve been filming with NYRR On The Run since Monday for the 2014 NYC Half marathon which takes place Sunday, March 16. We’ve got a week full of stories about professional athletes, charity runners and lots more. Instead of 30-minute episodes, we’re releasing each story as a stand-alone video. So the best way to catch them all is to subscribe to NYRR’s YouTube Channel. I’ll post them all here on RunKarlaRun.com, as well.

NYC Half marathon

With Knox Robinson of Black Roses NYC (Photo: nyrr_ontherun Instagram)

It’s been an awesome week so far. I’ve been to Goodwill Industries’ New York headquarters in Queens where they’re assembling goodie bags for runners after the finish; Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan with local elite runner Mike Cassidy who finished the 2013 New York City Marathon hand in hand with Meb Keflezighi; on the High Line park on Manhattan’s West Side with Fred’s Team runner Regina Romain; out to a middle school in New Jersey where teacher Mike Anderson and guidance counselor Dana Ash are running in honor of one of their students; and to the East Village in Manhattan where the Black Roses running crew trains under the cloak of night.

I’ll also be heading to the expo, catching up with a few other runners and covering the course on race day to capture all the action. My co-host Carrie Tollefson will also be chatting with pros like Mo Farah, Molly Huddle, and Sally Kipyego. And we’ll bring you a recap of the entire event after the race.

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The NYC Half goodie bag (Photo: nyrr_ontherun instagram)

This year’s NYC Half marathon might be the best yet. There’s a newly enhanced course built to accommodate more runners, a new professional wheelchair race, a crazy fast pack of elite runners, and 20,000 runners in the sold-out field, the race’s largest event yet.

It’s the first race in NYRR’s Five-Borough Series, which features a major race in each of New York City’s five boroughs. I’ve run three of them: the Brooklyn Half, Staten Island, and NYC Half.

I ran this race in 2012 and absolutely loved the course that takes runners from Central Park, through Times Square and along the Hudson River to the historic South Street Seaport. Even as a New Yorker, it was really exciting to run through Times Square, where yellow cabs usually rule the roads. The new course also takes a short jaunt through Harlem just north of Central Park before sending runners downtown.

NYC Half marathon

Local elite runner Mike Cassidy (Photo: nyrr_ontherun Instagram)

The professional race could be especially exciting this year. The two-time defending New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who also happens to own the fastest marathon ever run and might be the world’s best marathoner, will go head-to-head with Olympic gold-medalist and 2011 NYC Half marathon champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, who is widely considered the world’s best distance runner on the track. They’re both running the Virgin London Marathon in April and will be testing their fitness in New York.

Americans Meb Keflezighi and Jason Hartmann are running too, and anyone who follows their careers knows you can never count them out even if they aren’t the fastest runner in the field. They’ll both be taking on the Boston Marathon in April.

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With Fred’s Team runner Regina Romain. (Photo: nyrr_ontherun Instagram)

In the women’s race, 5,000-meter American record holder Molly Huddle will make her half-marathon debut. But she’ll be up against American Desiree Linden, née Davila, who finished second on the 2011 Boston Marathon and Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba, who finished second at the 2011 and 2013 New York City Marathon. Olympic 10,000-meter silver medalist Sally Kipyego of Kenya is also making her half-marathon debut. So it will certainly be a great race for the women as well.

So check out On The Run online this week at ontherun.nyrr.org and watch the NYC Half marathon live in the New York City metropolitan area on ABC-TV from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EDT. You can also watch the race at 7online.com from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT, or WatchABC on mobile devices from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EDT. WatchESPN subscribers can also watch the race from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to SHAPE.com, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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