2017 BROOKLYN HALF MARATHON RACE REPORT
As sure as death and taxes, the winds of Autumn, and the first signs of Spring, the Brooklyn Half Marathon brings us runners together every year. We trek all the way to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sole reason of picking up race numbers. We wake up at 4:00 in the morning to take the long subway journey to the Brooklyn Museum (while passing by partygoers returning home from a night out). We wait 90 minutes in our race corrals, telling cheesy nerves-induced jokes and waiting in the long bathroom lines to pass the time, all to run a race that you'll finish faster than your commute to get there.
But deep down we know this race is so special to us all, especially us competitive New York Club Team runners. And this year was no exception. With temperatures exceeding 90 degrees leading up to the day before the race, you could feel the collective sigh of relief exhaled from every runner standing in the race corrals as rain clouds crawled overhead and brought light showers and mid 50 degree weather. With that and the terrific training plan the New York Harriers underwent, there was only one thing certain: if I'm going to PR this race, today is the day. No excuses.
On May 20, 2017, the New York Harriers ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon and had a vast number of impressive PRs and performances. As a team, we couldn't be more proud of each Harrier who crossed the finish line!
Congrats to Carl Daucher for placing 5th in his age group and to Diane Kenna for placing 7th in her age group!
On the team scoring side, the women placed 8th, with Laura Kelly, Meredith FitzPatrick, Morgan Lingar, Jennifer Gong, and Michelle Hillenbrand scoring for the team. The men's team placed 11th, with Patrick Jagielski, Carl Daucher, Leland Chang, Joel Schrock, and Declan Brennan scoring.