NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:35 PM
The 2016 Brooklyn Half Marathon will take longer to run than it did to sell out.
The biggest half marathon in the country, with some 27,000 finishers each year, filled up in an incredible 52 minutes this year – a personal best.
Last year’s race took just under seven hours to sell out.
Interest is always high because sign-up is first-come, first-served — unlike other New York City races like the TCS Marathon and Manhattan Half Marathon in March.
“It’s really a New Yorkers race, while the Marathon is more of a global race,” NYRR spokesman Chris Weiller told the Daily News on Thursday. “We’re excited. The popularity of the Airbnb Brooklyn Half continues to elevate. Under an hour was I think evidence of how popular the race has become and how popular Brooklyn is.
The half marathon will take longer to run than it did to sell out.
Just two years ago, the race, officially called the Airbnb Brooklyn Half, took two days to fill up. But runners hoping to sign up Thursday, when entry opened at noon, were already out of luck by 1 p.m.
Charity spots were still open for runners who sign up with Team for Kids, which requires a fundraising minimum of $ 300. But those, too, had filled up by about 6 p.m., Weiller said.
The course starts near the Brooklyn Museum, winds around Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park, before a long stretch down Ocean Parkway. The race ends up on the historic Coney Island boardwalk.
Last year’s winner, Negash Abebe Duki, finished the 13.1-mile course in an hour and five minutes — 13 minutes longer than it took for this year’s edition to sell out.
This year’s race is scheduled for Saturday, May 21.
With Nicole Lyn Pesce