The Brooklyn Half Marathon is back in sweltering heat

The Brooklyn Half Marathon is back – and just in time for more than 22,000 runners to sweat in the summer conditions.

The 13.1-mile race will be held in person for the first time since the pandemic began. Runners begin Saturday morning at the Brooklyn Museum and wander through Prospect Park before ending at the Coney Island boardwalk.

However, the rush to finish will come during the first hot weather event of the year – with temperatures expected to hit 88 degrees on Saturday.

That means celebrity runners — like NBC’s Today weatherman Al Roker, Good Morning America host TJ Holmes and Bachelorette graduate Zac Clark — need to stay hydrated while protecting themselves from the heatwave.

“As the heat and humidity increase, so does the risk of heat-related medical problems,” according to the New York Road Runners Group, which urged runners to respect their limits.

“Don’t strive for a personal best on a warm, muggy day, especially if you’re not used to such conditions,” the NYRR website says.

More than 40 members of the NYC Ukrainian Running Club are also participating in the race’s personal return, as will a couple from Prospect Heights celebrating their five-year anniversary.

Runners will complete the Brooklyn Half Marathon in sweltering heat as temperatures are expected to reach 88 degrees.
Runners will complete the Brooklyn Half Marathon in sweltering heat as temperatures are expected to reach 88 degrees.
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In 2017, avid runners Krissa Cetner and Alex Salazar stopped six miles on the Brooklyn Half to get married and then finished the race. They will wear the same tuxedo and bridal shirts on Saturday as they did years ago, this time with their 3-year-old son Myles cheering them on.

At least two runners, however, will not heed the call not to aim for personal bests amid higher-than-usual temperatures. Queens’ Marie-Ange Brumelot and her father are aiming for the Guinness World Record for fastest parent-child half marathon.

Brumelot, who represented France at the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships in Athletics, boasts a half marathon time of 1:14 – or 12 minutes behind the women’s world record.

The popular 2019 Brooklyn Half Marathon passes by Grand Army Plaza.
More than 22,000 runners are expected at the half marathon.
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Guaranteed registrations for the 40th edition of the race will close at 5pm on Friday, but the whole family can take part in race day activities including a Boardwalk Kids Run for youth ages 8-18.

“The Brooklyn Half has been held annually since 1981, before half marathons became popular, and today is the culmination of NYRR’s year-round presence in Brooklyn, which also includes programs for youth, seniors and the wider community,” says race director Ted Metellus said in a statement. The Brooklyn Half Marathon is back in sweltering heat


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