the elite runners come next- first the women and then the men. it is always incredible to watch these athletes. we were standing at about mile 7, i think. the time clock was in front of the athletes- and was at about 35 minutes- they were still running about 5 minute miles! wow. then following is everyone else. the people just kept coming and coming. i love when people write their names on their shirts so that the crowd can cheer them on by name. the runners were so enthusiastic- but the prize goes to the french as a whole. somehow every person i saw wearing a french flag was super excited - often giving the crowd high fives as they ran. it was just a fantastic experience to watch all of these people- just think of the committment all of them have made to this achievement.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
the first sunday in november is the new york city marathon. the route goes through all five boroughs, and runs about a block from our apartment. we made a trip to gorilla coffee and then down to fourth avenue to watch the runners. the first people to go are the disabled athletes. they were incredibly inspiring. i know that there were more than a few tears of admiration shed as these determined individuals passed us.