Nope, this is not the warm up for Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, though it’s the same corner. Stillwell Avenue was a sea of runners after Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon, which is turning into a huge crowd-pleaser for Coney Island. New York Road Runners called it “The Race to the World’s Most Famous Hot Dog.”
More than 14,000 runners finished out of the 15,000 who registered, compared to last year’s tally of just under 6,000. The reconfigured 13.1 mile course took them through Grand Army Plaza, around Prospect Park, down Ocean Parkway, and along the Coney Island Boardwalk to a finish line just shy of the Scream Zone.
Our favorite tweet about the Brooklyn Half came from the venerable New York Athletic Club:
Guess which Coney Island event is televised. 14,000 people completing a half marathon or 10 people downing 300 hot dogs? #joeychestnutftw!—
NYAC Track and Field (@NYACTrack_Field) May 20, 2012
If that other borough’s half marathon, the one that starts in Central Park and ends at South Street Seaport, got two hours of live television coverage for the first time this year, why not Brooklyn’s? Here’s photographer Bruce Handy’s slide show of the race, from the construction of the finish line outside Ruby’s Bar to the runners arriving in Coney Island and sprinting past the landmark Cyclone and Wonder Wheel to victory.
Related posts on ATZ…
March 29, 2012: Photo Album: Looking Back at Coney Island’s Opening Day
January 3, 2012: Record 3,000 “Do It” at Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge
June 16, 2011: Last Chance to See Mermaid Parade Before It Turns 30!