BY BEN VERDE
The Brooklyn Marathon will take a
brand new form when it returns in the
spring of 2022, organizers announced
on June 16.
After starting out as a loop through
Prospect Park then expanding to include
neighborhoods surrounding the
park, the newly routed race will take
runners on a tour of some of Kings
County’s most iconic sights.
“The idea is ultimately to hit all of
those iconic parts that we have on the
route, with the least impact to traffi c
and parking possible,” said Steve Lastoe,
the founder of NYCRUNS, which
has organized the marathon for over
10 years.“Which we accomplish by
hugging the waterfront, fortunately,
that works out very nicely because you
have all these great views.”
The exact route is still being fi nalized,
but organizers say they are planning
for a start in north Brooklyn
where runners will jog along the waterfront
past the Brooklyn Navy Yard
and into Dumbo. They will then make
their way to Grand Army Plaza by way
of Fulton Street to Flatbush Avenue,
COURIER L 18 IFE, JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2021
Runners in the New York City Marathon. File photo
where they will have the choice of either
fi nishing the race by taking laps
in Prospect Park or continuing on to
“This is going to be a lot more interesting
because we’ve created this from
scratch for the most part,” Lastoe said.
“Parts of it are very easy, going to Coney
Island is not hard, but a lot of it is
very new. From an operations point of
view that’s going to be very challenging
and also pretty exciting.”
The race will take place on April 24,
2022 in what city Recovery Czar Lorraine
Grillo celebrated as a community
centric event that brings people
together across the borough.
“We look forward to seeing the excitement
of camaraderie and personal
achievement that the Brooklyn Marathon
and Half Marathon will bring to
new corridors while supporting local
businesses uplifting neighborhoods
throughout the borough,” Grillo said.
According to Lastoe, what sets the
Brooklyn Marathon apart from other
marathons is its emphasis on the local.
“Our approach is more locally-oriented
overall,” he said. “The goal for
the event has always really been to develop
an event that has strong continuity
with local business and local nonprofi
“This is the race we promised New
York City over 10 years ago, and I think
it’s going to play a huge role in tourism
and supporting local non-profi ts and
small businesses,” he added.
Brooklyn Marathon will
take runners through
Kings County streets
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