— Deena Kastor (@DeenaKastor) May 19, 2018
The 2018 Popular Brooklyn Half, which runs from Prospect Park in Brooklyn to the amusement park at Coney Island, lived up to its name once again yesterday, becoming the biggest half-marathon in North America so far this year. 25,346 runners finished the race on a rainy Saturday in the Big Apple.
The race has a history of selling out quickly. And though the name is certainly appropriate, Popular (Puerto Rico-based Banco Popular) is actually this year’s race sponsor. Several bank employees, including some who were affected by last fall’s hurricane, participated in the race yesterday.
Olympian and American record holder Deena Kastor came in second in the women’s race in 1:15:13, behind Askale Merachi of Ethiopia, who finished in 1:12:26. New York’s Erika Fluehr was third, in 1:16:02.
In the men’s race, Fikadu Girma Teferi, also of Ethiopia, was first, in 1:04:20. His teammate Birhanu Dare Kemal was second, in 1:05:54, and Harbert Okuti of Uganda third in 1:06:07.
A number of celebrities were spotted in the race, including former NFL running back Tiki Barber (who ran a six-minute PB) and competitive hotdog eater Yasir Salem.