Today was a whirlwind day. Up at 5:00 to leave the hotel by 5:30, driving around searching for parking, and then hurrying up and waiting for the race to start. Most of the photos were taken with my cell phone, so they're not the greatest quality:
I've never seen so many people in one place in my life. 20,000 runners plus at least one spectator for almost every runner...it got crazy. It took 25 minutes just to get every runner across the start line. Our capitol is beautiful, by the way. The stone is a pinkish hue, so it looks like a rosy replica of the U.S. Capitol.
This picture is not so great. I can tell you those are forced smiles. Alan was tired and I was developing one of the worst migraines I can remember. Alan finished the race in 3:40:42 chip time. He's not thrilled with the time, but this was yet another hilly marathon. I think he's awesome.
You probably can't see him, but Alan's on the other side of that green wall about to finish. That's as close as I could get. I saw some crazy stuff at this finish line today, including people collapsing and whose bodies were contorting and failing on them. It was disturbing and scary. A runner that we know from Midland sacrificed being able to qualify for Boston by staying back with a runner who was in serious trouble the last four miles. No one else was helping this guy. They ended up putting him in a wheelchair the last few yards, but still gave him a finishing medal.