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Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn makes history as largest inaugural half marathon

October 9, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The Rock ‘n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, which takes place on Saturday, completely sold out a field of 17,500 runners from 50 states and 32 countries. It will be the largest inaugural half-marathon ever in the United States, race officials announced Thursday. 

The previous largest first-time half marathon was in Washington, D.C. in 2013 with 14,478 runners.

Brooklyn will feature two of the largest half marathons in the country this year.  The Brooklyn Half Marathon in May had more than 25,00 runners.      

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“Not only is this race going to be the largest inaugural half-marathon in the U.S., it’s also held in one of the most iconic running destinations – Brooklyn,” said Elisa Hoffman, the event manager. “Rock ‘n’ Roll has a history in Brooklyn as we produced a 10K from 2011 to 2013 in Prospect Park, so it was a natural progression to bring the half-marathon here. Being the inaugural year, we started from scratch for pretty much everything and have been lucky enough to work with great people from the city and parks that helped make this event possible.”

The race will start in Prospect Park before heading out on the borough streets including Eastern Parkway and Ocean Avenue before returning to finish in Prospect Park. Bands and cheer stations will help encourage the runners. 

The race is part of the global Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series with more than 30 events and 600,000 runners every year. 

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