For the first time in my life I was able to spectate at the Portland Marathon. I supported my wife Michelle (PR by 8 min) and cheered support for many runners. Michelle ran the race with Rick W. from the Y-Run Club with a finish time of 5:20:04. This was Rick's first finish in a big marathon having run 5-6 smaller venues including a 50K at Mt. Si. I took a ton of pictures including many Marathon Maniacs running the race. Speaking of Maniacs Rob Hester entered the race with about 0 miles for the month in the Clydesdale division. We think he may have been in the top 18 of the division. These pictures will be posted later this week. I will submit the pics to Tony P. for the newsletter. I'll defer to Michelle's blog for more race details.
After gathering all the jackets and stuff from the runners at the start I went out to points along the course.
At the start about .2 miles from the timing mats I yelled things like:
"Only 26 more miles to go!"
"The hard parts behind you!"
"That was the last hill!"
At mile 12 I yelled things like:
"You look strong!"
"You can still win this thing!"
I saw one of our speedy Y-Run Club members Ruth at mile 12 running strong and in good spirits. She tossed me her long sleeve shirt and kept on going. Apparently at mile 20 she collapsed and got an ambulance ride to the hospital. That wasn't her A plan. In fact I'm sure it was not part of the plan at all. They got her back on her feet and she headed home with a DNF ;-( Hope you are OK Ruth!
At mile 23.5 up the second to last hill I yelled:
"You look strong!"
"Run tall! Posture! Form! Breath!"
"You look great!"
"Charge up that hill!"
"You own this hill!"
"You love hills!"
"Can you smell the finish line?"
"You Can Do It!"
"Smile, you paid for this!" (best laughs)
Wow, you can sure tell the people who trained well vs poorly/having a bad day. I had a lot of compassion for both since I've been there done both before. I guess it's best to say some days are diamonds, some days are stone.
A bicycle rider was struck head on by a MAX train just 400 meters from where I was standing at mile 23.5. The rider was drug under the second car of the train. A news report we read tonight said that they got him out alive. It sounded like he was going to make it OK. One lucky dude if you ask me. I wish him a speedy recovery. BTW an Oregon State Patrol car responding to the accident came ripping up the marathon course at a speed of at least 80 MPH. I wrote an email complaining to OSP because I feel that he recklessly endangered many of the runners lives to arrive at an accident scene that had Fire and Aid present. NOT COOL!
Nice job 5:00 AM Y runners! Same to Ray, Jane, Scott, Sarah, Phillis, Pete (Hippo) and all the others we have had the pleasure to run with and meet along the way!.
Note: I ran 6 miles this weekend which is an all time low for about 2 years.
Run with a smile!
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