I watched the first half of the marathon on TV- which was an awful broadcast. They pretty much only showed the men, and kept cutting to human interest stories instead of showing THE RACE. And I have no problem with the human interest stories, but I want to watch the race. Save that stuff for later.
I rode my bike down to mile 23ish- 35th and state where Goose Island was hosting a fun viewing area. They were giving out free shirts and bottle openers. It also happened to be the best place to photograph the runners due to the position of the sun along the course.
The excitement was building as the lead men were getting closer to where we were.
It was exciting seeing some of the wheelchair participants zooming by.
Then the lead pack of men flew by!
With Bekele trailing.
The insanely inspiring Wesley Korir on his way to an 8th place finish.
More elites, including the first American male to finish, Bobby Curtis.
More elites at mile 23ish.
I was taken off guard when the lead women approached. This was the only shot I got- the eventual winner, Rita Jeptoo.
Amy Hastings who placed 5th and tied her PB.
Lisa Uhl in her debut marathon.
I got to see Pete B, Corey, Manny, Kimberlie, and Joe at mile 24. I should have stayed at mile 23ish because the sun was behind us at 24 and was not optimal to take photos.
It was fun spectating and seeing my friends killin it out on the course. The weather couldn't have been any better for a marathon and it showed.. I believe all of my friends got PR's or Course Records!
When I got home I felt exhausted. Spectating is hard work, yo.