Saturday, October 8, 2011

Inaugural Brooklyn Marathon Nearly Full

Registration is filling up fast for the first-ever Brooklyn Marathon on Nov. 20th.

Fewer than 20 spots remain open for the inaugural Brooklyn Marathon in Prospect Park, the race organizers announced on Twitter this morning. The race, which takes place on November 20th, is capped at 250 participants and has about 20 spots.

[UPDATE: See information on the 2012 Brooklyn Marathon, which will be held Nov. 18th.]

It seems a marathon in Brooklyn is an idea whose time has come, based on how quickly the race is filling up. Although the race takes place totally in Prospect Park, the organizers, NYCRUNS, hope to take it out into the streets in future years. (It should be remembered that the first New York City Marathon consisted of four-plus loops of Central Park.)

The Brooklyn Marathon will consist of six full loops of Prospect Park and three lower loops.

Find out more details about the inaugural 2011 Brooklyn Marathon here (including a map of Prospect Park, with a downloadable version). If you aren't planning on running it or can't get in, you can always come out to cheer, or to volunteer.

For runners interesting in knowing the Brooklyn Marathon elevation, I found this map and elevation profile for Prospect Park online. It's designed for a bike-riding course and I can't vouch for its accuracy, but it was supposedly created using a GPS device. Here's another map and elevation profile of Prospect Park.

If you're interested in running the first-ever Brooklyn Marathon, you'll want to register soon.

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