Streets of Brooklyn Hosted Runners of All Ages, Abilities, and Backgrounds at New York City’s Newest Major Road Running Event
Six Champions Crowned in the Half-Marathon and Marathon, Featuring Winners in the Non-Binary, Women’s, and Men’s Fields
Brooklyn, NY, April 24, 2022—In a first for the iconic streets of Brooklyn, 19,297 runners finished the 2022 NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon today. New York City’s newest major road running event featured runners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and 37 countries around the globe.
“Here on the iconic streets of Brooklyn, a new running tradition has begun in New York City,” said Steve Lastoe, Founder and CEO of NYCRUNS, the popular organizer of running events throughout New York City including the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon. “The Brooklyn running community has long dreamt of the day when the borough hosted a major marathon completely on their own streets. Today in Brooklyn, that dream became a reality.”
The historic new course started at McCarren Park in hip North Brooklyn, continued around the East River waterfront under the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges, headed up the grand concourses of Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue before passing through Grand Army Plaza and historic brownstone Brooklyn into Prospect Park where the half marathoners finished their 13.1-mile journey. The marathoners continued through the park and then down and back along Ocean Parkway before returning to the park for the finish of their 26.2-mile run.
The day officially began at 6:55 a.m. with the Wheelchair and Handcycle participants leading the way. At 7:00 a.m. the elite field took off, followed by the rest of the field of 19,297 runners.
In the marathon, the winner of the non-binary field was local New York City runner Jake Caswell with a time of 2:35:15. The winner of the women’s field was Hirut Guangul of Ethiopia with a time of 2:36:20. The winner of the men’s field was another local New York City runner, Aaron Mora, with a time of 2:27:46. Both Caswell and Mora were running their first marathons ever.
In the half marathon, the winner of the non-binary field was Winter Parts of Pennsylvania with a time of 1:12:45. The winner of the women’s field was Brooklyn runner Lily Anderson with a time of 1:18:00. The winner of the men’s field was Teshome Mekonen of Ethiopia with a time of 1:01:47.
All winning times were new course records.
The 2022 NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon featured $100,000 in prize money for qualified finishers, including a $5,000 first prize in the men’s, women’s, and non-binary fields in both the marathon and half marathon. Race winners who live within the five boroughs of New York City doubled their money with an additional $5,000 bonus.
Founded in 2011, the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon began as a community race in Prospect Park with 262 finishers running multiple loops around the park. The half marathon distance was added to the event in 2018, and following a two-year pandemic hiatus in 2020 and 2021 the event returned for its tenth edition today with an epic new course through the streets and neighborhoods of Brooklyn, a first for the city.