Boston Marathon 2012
Boston’s most beloved event is the annual marathon.
With exceptionally warm un-spring like weather, the 116th Boston Marathon kicked off on Monday the 16th with a roaring crowd. Silke and I had flown into Boston the night before and met up with my sister Stacy and my nephew Kyle the morning of the race.
The race started out with the mobility impaired wheel chair division and hand cyclist at 9:00 am followed by the elite women at 9:30 and the elite men at 10:00 am. The next sets of runners started at intervals of 20 minutes. My brother-in-law, Curt, made the men’s elite and started accordingly.
Via text messaging we were able to acquire updates to Curt’s location throughout the marathon. Updates at 10k, 1/2 way point, 30k, and finish were promptly brought up for everyone to look at. I went a step further and forwarded them to family and friends back in Minnesota who anxiously awaited the news.
The weather was extremely warm for a marathon, around 86 degrees, and it took it’s toll on a lot of the runners.
People standing around us pointed out the runners who were drenched in sweat. The police officer guarding the crossing quickly commented that it was the ones who weren’t sweating were the ones you had to watch out for because they were most likely already dehydrated.
You can’t help but somehow feel connected in some way as you watch and cheer on the runners as they make their way through the course.
This is the second marathon that Silke and I have watched Curt run in, and the same emotions came with it.
Congratulations Curt on finishing the Boston Marathon. We are very proud of you. You are an inspiration to us all!
Have you run in a marathon? Tell us about it, we would love to hear from you.