Yes, Brooklyn has a marathon -- and it offers prize money

Yes, Brooklyn has a marathon -- and it offers prize money

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Runners in the 2012 Brooklyn Marathon in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy NYCRUNS) Runners in the 2012 Brooklyn Marathon in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy NYCRUNS)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It's almost marathon Sunday in New York -- again.

Yes, the city has another marathon, one that is but 1/100th the size of the world-famous New York City Marathon but filled with plenty of passion for the sport of running nonetheless.

It's called the Brooklyn Marathon. And if you win, you get paid.

The race is the flagship event of a young company called, appropriately, NYCRUNS, which owns and manages some small and not-so-small races in the New York area.

Five hundred runners will line up this Sunday for the 26.2-mile race, staged entirely inside Prospect Park. That is double the field of 2011's inaugural race. (By comparison, more than 50,000 runners crossed the finish line at November 3's ING New York City Marathon.)*

Steve Lastoe, the race director and founder of NYCRUNS, said the company was proud to offer prize money.

"While the cash awards for this year's race are modest we felt it was important to reward top performance and, as the marathon grows in coming years, we will increase those amounts," Lastoe said in a statement. "Supporting the running community is part of our mission."

The winning man and woman will each get $500, according to NYCRUNS. Second place earns you $250; third place $125. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will get credit for a future race from the company.

The course includes three lower loops and six full loops of Prospect Park. Anyone familiar with the park's hills knows that course is no joke.

NYCRUNS said it hopes to grow the race and move the course into the streets of Kings County. That would spare runners the mental challenge of looping the park over and over again while also drawing in the neighboring communities.

The gun for the Brooklyn Marathon goes off at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013.

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*I was one of them, and so was Steve Lastoe. Disclosure: I have also run one NYCRUNS race and am registered for another.

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