The image shows the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon. There is a large banner overhead with the words "Brooklyn Half" and the RBC logo. Two digital clocks on either side of the banner display the time "3:27:05". In the foreground, four runners are crossing the finish line on a wooden boardwalk. Three of them are wearing bright yellow shirts with the word "GUIDE" on them, indicating they are guides for visually impaired runners. The fourth runner, in a blue shirt, is slightly behind them. The background shows a crowd of spectators and a building with a clock. The sky is overcast.

The 2024 Brooklyn Half Marathon- My First Half Marathon!

I began showing up at Achilles NYC—a running/walking/rolling group that pairs disabled athletes with volunteer guides—last summer after many years away. I was sporadic until I met a young woman named Gillian. On our second run, we flirted with the idea of doing the NYC Marathon. She’s doing Chicago like a month before, and said something along the lines of: “I could probably do a walk/run. And I said, A Walk/run? I can do that! Well, I thought I should probably get a half marathon under my belt before too long. Enter the 2024 Brooklyn Half Marathon! Gillian suggested we have another guide just to be safe as things can get hectic by the water stands, and we were lucky enough to meet Sara! Thanks to her and her boyfriend Josh for most of the pics below…

Last pee/pic before the Brooklyn Half! With guides Gillian and Sarah

The picture shows three women standing close together, smiling at the camera. They are wearing bright yellow-green shirts with the “Achilles International” logo on them. The woman on the left has a white cap, the woman in the middle has a black cap and sunglasses, and the woman on the right has a yellow-green cap. They appear to be at a race event, as they have race bibs on their shirts and there are many people in the background, some wearing running gear. Behind them, there is a row of portable toilets and trees. The atmosphere seems lively and energetic.

Sarah running interference and taking selfies at the same time! Gillian and I are running together with the yellow reflective ribbon tether I knit between us. Yay Achilles NYC!

Here’s Be My AI for more image Description :
The picture shows three women running on a paved path in a park. The woman in the foreground is taking a selfie and smiling at the camera. She is wearing a white cap and a bright yellow-green shirt. The other two women are running side by side behind her, holding a yellow tether between them. They are also wearing bright yellow-green shirts and caps. The background features lush green trees and a grassy area with a few people in the distance.

Gillian and me on the run in Prospect Park…

The image shows two women running in a race. They are both wearing bright yellow shirts with the text “Achilles International” on them. The woman on the right has “GUIDE” written on her shirt, indicating she is a guide runner. They are connected by a yellow tether held in their hands. The woman on the left is wearing a black cap, sunglasses, and black pants, while the woman on the right is wearing a yellow cap and dark leggings. Both are smiling and appear to be enjoying the run. In the background, other runners can be seen on the road, and there are lush green trees lining the path.

Here I am at about mile six in Prospect Park, stopping for a photo op with number 1 Brooklyn Half Marathon fan Michele Carlo, plus David Lowe and Caroline Kasnakian in spirit/signage!

More from  Be My AI:
The photo shows two people standing together outdoors on a paved path with trees and a blue sky in the background. The person on the left is wearing a red and black striped sweater, black and white checkered pants, and a maroon hat. They are holding a large yellow sign that reads “Art Stars on the Run!!!” in red letters with decorative stars around the text. The sign also has two black and white photos of faces labeled “Caroline” and “David.” The person on the right is wearing a bright yellow-green shirt with “Achilles International” written on it, black pants, and a black cap. They have a race bib with the number 129502. Both individuals are smiling and appear to be enjoying the event.

Nearing the end of the Brooklyn Half with Sarah  guiding and Gillian running interference on Ocean Ave…

Be My AI didn’t get things exactly right with this one–I’m NOT wearing a “guide” shirt, but you get the picture, ha!:

The image shows a group of runners participating in a race on a wide street. In the foreground, there are three runners wearing bright yellow shirts with the word “GUIDE” printed on them. They appear to be guiding a visually impaired runner, as they are holding a tether. The street is lined with trees, and there are more runners in the background. The weather looks clear and sunny, and the atmosphere seems lively and energetic.

Crossing the finish line with Sarah and Gillian–it was Gillian who made sure we raised are hands in triumph!

This is a video, but below is a Be My AI description of the photo which was taken just a minute later.
Please note how the Ai, like humans, makes assumptions: all are shirts are bright yellow, but not all say guide!
PS – The time shown is pretty off since we started in waves within our wave. I’m definitely no speed demon, but not quite this slow…

The image shows the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon. There is a large banner overhead with the words “Brooklyn Half” and the RBC logo. Two digital clocks on either side of the banner display the time “3:27:05”.

In the foreground, four runners are crossing the finish line on a wooden boardwalk. Three of them are wearing bright yellow shirts with the word “GUIDE” on them, indicating they are guides for visually impaired runners. The fourth runner, in a blue shirt, is slightly behind them. The background shows a crowd of spectators and a building with a clock. The sky is overcast.

After the Brooklyn Half with our medals!

We started and ended the Brooklyn Half with dear friends David And Caroline! Plus Gillian’s friend Rachel made me a sign…

Be My AI:
The image shows a group of five people standing together and smiling at the camera. They are all wearing bright yellow-green shirts with the word “Achilles” printed on them, indicating they are part of the Achilles International organization, which supports athletes with disabilities. Three of them are wearing hats, and one person is holding a white cane, suggesting they are visually impaired. They are also wearing race bibs and medals, indicating they have participated in a race or marathon. One person is holding a sign that reads, “Friends who are tethered together STAY together Achilles.” The background shows a busy street with other people, some of whom appear to be participants in the event. There is also a tall, red, lattice-like structure in the distance, which is the Parachute Jump in Coney Island, New York.

Last photo before the post-race celebratory feast!

The photo shows a group of five people standing in front of a large, colorful entrance gate. The gate has a whimsical design with large red and white pinwheel-like structures and gold accents. The people are wearing bright yellow shirts, some of which say “GUIDE” and “Achilles” on them, indicating they are part of a running or walking group that includes guides for visually impaired participants. Two of the individuals are holding white canes, suggesting they are visually impaired. The group appears to be happy and ready for an event, possibly a race or a walk. The background includes more people and some amusement park rides, suggesting the location might be near an amusement park or a fairground.

GOGOGoGodin!

We were featured on the New York Road Runners website and Alabaster embellished the screenshot for me…

The image shows a scene from the 2024 RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon. At the top, there is a bold text that reads “GO GO GO GODIN!” Below that, there is a photograph of two women crossing the finish line, both wearing bright yellow shirts with the word “Achilles” on them. One of the women has “GUIDE” written on her shirt, indicating she is a guide for a visually impaired runner. Both women are smiling and raising their arms in celebration. The background shows other runners and a festive atmosphere.

To the right of the image, there is a text block with the following information:

2024 RBC Brooklyn Half Finish

More than 28,000 runners—a record number—conquered the 2024 RBC Brooklyn Half in the event’s 42nd running, making the race the largest half marathon in the country in 2024. Congratulations to all finishers in addition to top finishers Ryan Cutter of Brooklyn Track Club (men), Olympian Kim Conley (women), and S.C. Ferral of Brooklyn Track Club (non-binary).

*For more on the importance of image descriptions, check out this post on my NYPL photo project, and for image descriptions in action (human and AI), check out this post on Paul Strand’s “Blind Woman”*

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