Brooklyn has a new marathon! release, note by Larry Eder

We received this press release today, seems someone besides Competitor Group was considering a marathon in New York! This one sounds fun, pretty low-key and in a park. Nice way to get something going! Anyone who runs it, send us pictures and let us know what you think!



A New Marathon Comes To Brooklyn


Hundreds of Runners to Participate in Inaugural Race at Prospect Park


November 2011: Brooklyn, NY: With Brooklyn being the most populous of all of the five boroughs and the number of runners within Kings County steadily on the rise, NYCRUNS is supplying this outer section of New York City with what it demands: The Brooklyn Marathon.  Taking place in Prospect Park on Sunday, November 20, NYCRUNS will host hundreds of runners from the metropolitan area and beyond as they attempt to conquer a USATF-certified 26.2 mile course.


New York City is renowned for legendary races that are respected the world over. This global attention heightens the excitement of the race, but it also increases the popularity of it, unfortunately leaving many local runners left out of the competition.  Races presented by local running organizations have begun to sell out in record time, turning down many--in some cases thousands of-- NYC area runners, despite their history in or contribution to the local running community. 


With just a month left before the start time of the Brooklyn Marathon, the race reached capacity, but registration cap has now been raised to accommodate increasing demand.  Additionally, any local runner who participated in the ING New York City Marathon, but were unable to complete it (and can provide proof as such), will be automatically accepted into the Brooklyn Marathon for a second shot at glory.


"Brooklyn is an ever-evolving entity and is home to a thriving--and growing-- community of independent races and running clubs," said Steve Lastoe, Founder of NYCRUNS.  "The Brooklyn Marathon will offer a new landmark event to celebrate the city as one of the greatest running towns in the world and will also offer a new racing option to local runners wishing to run a marathon in their hometown."


Recognizing the need for a wider variety of events to cater to the growing market, NYCRUNS worked closely with city officials such as Councilman Brad Lander and governmental organizations like the Prospect Park Alliance on the details of this debut competition. The Brooklyn Marathon is being supported by local sponsors such as SUNY Downstate Medical Center/LICH, The Brooklyn Cyclones, Six Point Craft Ales and JackRabbit Sports; in conjunction with NYCRUNS.  Brooklyn-based running clubs such as Brooklyn Road Runners, North Brooklyn Runners, Prospect Park Track Club and South Brooklyn Runners have pledged their support the day of the race.


On the morning of November 20, the Brooklyn Marathon will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Center Drive in Prospect Park.  The race course will stay within the boundaries of the park, requiring runners to complete six full laps of the park and three lower loops for a total of 26.2 miles. For more information on the Brooklyn Marathon, please feel free to visit



NYCRUNS is an online destination where runners, running clubs, and race directors can connect to find and provide up to date information and news on races in the greater New York metropolitan area. The website features a comprehensive area race calendar, and NYCRUNS also provides race management, registration and marketing services, helping race directors put on successful events that cater to runners in the New York metropolitan area. In 2011, NYCRUNS expanded to launch its own races including the Brooklyn Marathon, and is actively involved in directing or co-directing new races on an ongoing basis.  For more information on NYCRUNS, please visit

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