Hundreds take part in annual McCarren 5K
by Andrew Shilling
Jun 04, 2014 | 1316 views | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McCarren Park 5K
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Nearly 650 runners lined up bright and early this past Saturday morning on Leonard St. for the third annual McCarren Park 5K.

Runners circled the park and neighborhood in the 3.1-mile race, weaving down Roebling to 4th Street, up Kent Avenue and Franklin Street, around Greenpoint Avenue and back down Manhattan Avenue to the finish line.

Mark Hess was the first to cross the finish line in a record breaking official time of 15 minutes and 14 seconds.

While Hess said he has previous experience running the NYC Marathon back in 2011, he has not run any races since.

“To be out in the neighborhood with no cars and clean streets is wonderful,” Hess said. “You’re going around different neighborhoods that you wouldn’t normally see from that perspective. Having open road with no one in your way is wonderful.”

If you can catch him, Hess said he frequently runs all over the borough and throughout the city.

“I’m running all over Brooklyn,” he said. “Around McCarren to Queens to Prospect Park and all over.”

Frank Lang, director of housing for St. Nicks Alliance, said the race is organized by the alliance and School Settlement Association to raise awareness of health initiatives and programs offered throughout North Brooklyn.

“A lot of the funds that we raise here go to our youth programs and youth activities,” Lang said.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol was at the race to support staffers who ran in their “Team Lentol” jerseys.

“I’m well represented at this 5K,” Lentol said prior to the race. “I think this is excellent for the neighborhood.”

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