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Marathon Monday

April 20, 2011

One of the most fun days of the year if you live in Boston is Patriots’ Day which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  It is observed every year on the third Monday of April and is a state holiday.  It is also the day the Boston Marathon is run.

It’s hard to live here and not get completely swept up in marathon excitement.  I’ve had all sorts of experiences…from spending the day before downtown and in the North End (the Italian area) seeing all of the amazing runners getting ready for their big day, to standing on the sidelines eating a hot fudge sundae.  Oh yes, I didn’t feel so good about myself after that.  Last year I was disappointed not to be here to watch the marathon, so I couldn’t wait to get down to the race this year, especially since my parents were here, and my father has never seen the Boston marathon. 

There’s just something about being down on Beacon St. waiting for the runners to go by.  The crowd wasn’t terribly big at 11, which is around when the first marathoners go by-wheelchair and elite-but the energy was contagious.  Everyone is so excited and LOUD!  Plus, it’s always a blast watch 4 people in their 70s crack open a bottle of wine in the morning…yes, people drink.  A LOT.  Here’s the crowd when we first got down to the route.  Well, not much of a crowd…yet.

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I love that they need soldiers to do crowd control.  People in Boston do get a little insane.

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When the first wheelchair went through the crowd went wild.  I teared up.  They are incredible.

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Then the women came with a police escort and video cameras galore.  The crowd went insane!

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Davila coming with Cherop and Kilel hot on her tail…

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Davila flying right on by.

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Kara!

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What’s fun is that the crowd goes just as crazy for all of the runners as they do for the elite runners.  I think it would be so incredibly encouraging to be a runner, and to feel that energy.  They scream out names and numbers, encourage people who are obviously hurting, and push people along.

I was too busy talking and stalking Twitter to manage to get any decent pictures of the men.  I was at mile 23 and managed to get this:

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Oh yeah, I can do that!

Rufio even got into the spirit of the marathon, cheering right along with everyone else!

Maybe next year I’ll be running the marathon (for charity, I won’t BQ).  I think it would be so much fun to be on the other end of things!

Did you get caught up in marathon fever this year?  Wasn’t it so exciting?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2011 12:18 pm

    I was at the Cape this year for the marathon- but I have to say I was still totally into it on TV and checking stats on my computer haha. I went to BC so I’ve had years of the marathon fever. It doesn’t make me want to run a marathon but it is AWESOME to watch 🙂

    I didn’t know the soldiers were there for crowd control? I thought they were supporting the other soldiers who walk it with all their stuff on? haha… Boston people do get crazy though!

  2. Jillian permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:26 pm

    We all did! Ryan (my 5 year old) was even yelling at the TV for the end of the women’s race! It’s so inspiring, i can’t way to be able to run more than 1/2 hour at a time…I need more time in the day!

  3. Kristin permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:32 pm

    Having the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon this year was amazing!! Running for Dana-Farber in memory of my Papa made it even better. I highly recommend running for DFMC if you decide to try and run next year. They are an amazing group of people doing amazing things! Thanks for being out there cheering!

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