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Despite a Rainy Start, More Than 11K Runners Cross the Finish Line at the Brooklyn Half Marathon

Brooklyn resident Jordan Caroompas finished first in the non-binary field.
At the Brooklyn half marathon finish line. Photo: Provided/NYCRuns.

This week, the streets of Brooklyn were flooded with thousands of determined runners participating in the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Half Marathon.

The event, produced by NYCRUNS (an organizer of running events throughout New York City), saw a total of 11,721 runners reach the finish line of the half marathon's scenic 13.1 mile course.

The marathon's course began on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg, before leading participants through a number of different locations, which included Greenpoint; the East River waterfront; the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges; Fulton Street; Flatbush Avenue; Grand Army Plaza; Eastern Parkway; and finishing up at Prospect Park on Center Drive.

The runners entered the race in waves, kicking off with the half marathon's Wheelchair and Handcycle participants at 6:55am, the elite field at 7:00am, followed by the rest of the athletes, who all left at different intervals over the course of the next hour.

Finishing in first place in the non-binary field was Brooklyn resident Jordan Caroompas, who completed the race with a time of 1:31:02. 

The winner in the men's category was Aaron Mora from Manhattan (with a time of 1:10:32), while San Diego runner Sarah Pagano also came away victorious in the women's field (finishing at 1:12:58).

The event featured a number of different live musical performances from several bands, including Wula Drum, Brass Queens, Fogo Azul, Gamelan Dharma Swara, The L Train Brass Band and Street Mule.

Prior to the start of the race, Broadway performer Syndee Winters ("Hamilton," "The Lion King") sang the National Anthem for everyone in attendance.

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