There is just so much I could write about my first time spectating a race and having that race be the Boston Marathon. So much so that I don't even know WHAT to write!
The short version: I had us up early so the Coach would not have any chance at all of not getting his bus to Hopkinton. We easily made it to Boston Common where I counted 20 buses at a time lined up, filling quickly and parading off to the Athlete's Village. To say I felt out of shape and obese would be an understatement! Once his bus took off I wandered through the park and Back Bay before officially hitting Boylston Street. I realized it would be a good investment for the day to buy a chair, so that's what I did. Chair, breakfast and magazines in hand I found a spot in what looked to possibly be the shady side of the road. I befriended 3 other women and for the next few hours we bonded over everything. I was probably there around 7am - and The Coach didn't even start running until 10:20am! This was a day long commitment, and a truly unforgettable experience!
Instead of babbling, I'll just share a small selection of photos from the large amount I captured that day!
|Racing to his new world record! The Canadian women I befriended were pretty happy!|
|My signal that the runners were getting very close!|
|Sharon Cherop just 1/10th of a mile from her victory.|
|Wesley Korir leading the men, moments from his win!|
|As best as I could tell, the two in yellow didn't know the middle guy, but that didn't stop them from turning around, helping him get up and walking him into the finish. Still gives me goose bumps.|
|Running. Heat. Packs. Full clothes. WOW!|
|The view down Boylston|
|Another man down - a very common sight during that incredibly hot day.|
|Another sight I didn't like having to see as often as I did.|
|That skinny man in the blue shorts - the Coach! He did it!!|