Sunday, May 02, 2010

"Marathoning is just another form of insanity."

John J. Kelly, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon; U.S. National Marathon Champion eight straight times, 1956-1963. Two time Olympian. (1956 &1960) Five second place finishes at Boston. Pan American Games Marathon Champion in 1959.

Wet streets again, runners keeping the pace, at about hour 4, Highland at Jackson.

running backs, same location, ~same time.

The signs that confounded many who tried to get to Pitt graduations...

Water Station, Highland Ave at Hampton Ave. Posted by Picasa

I decided to walk from around
Mile 20 (Highland and Jackson) to Mile 21 (Negley and Wellesley?)Posted by Picasa

Things I remember from this Marathon:

  • Someone running seeing my shirt and saying "Pink is the new black!" (I had no idea my shirt would be so popular!!) (My shirt, pale pink, with "Pink is the new black, in black letters.) I also wore my pink beach hat, partially for the rain, but also to have fun with the pink motif.
  • Meeting folks that lived along Highland--hi to David, Mary Lee, and Peter, it was great cheering folks along with you.
  • a runner who gave us all finger touches as he ran along and we held out our arms.
  • The "Runaway Bride/Runaway Groom" couple, in gold shirts with black lettering.
  • The woman who had a shirt that said "Go Sarah Go" on the front and "Sarah's Back" on the back.
  • The women who had colorful nylon skirts and striped socks.

People were running for food, laptops, or had pictures of cancer survivors on their shirts. It was a lot of fun to cheer them on. The last runner, a guy I watched pour water over his head at the water station at the Union Project (Negley and Stanton): wearing a Steeler's jersey with a lot of ribbons. I cannot for the life of me remember the funny caption on the back of his shirt.

A tragic moment: something resembling an explosive was found around the Greyhound station. It was determined to be a microwave and the bomb squad is still trying to figure out if there was foul play. AP article.

What are your memories of this year's Marathon?



Blogger Beth said...

My story began in December when I couldn't run even one minute on the treadmill. I ran and completed my first half marathon, averaging 12.5 minute miles! I was happy, back in the game but only a little sad that the half didn't go through my neighborhood of HP. I love HP and the folks that supported all runners on Sunday, regardless of rain!! thank you!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy with the Steelers jersey was funny. I ran near him for a while. I believe his shirt said "Tri-ape-alete"

11:59 AM  

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