Sunday, February 17, 2008

26.2 With Donna

Little ole Atlantic Beach is getting almost as exciting as New York City. Not only do we have two Starbucks across the street from each other (ok, truthfully, the second one is in Neptune Beach), but today we had a marathon! Runners from all over the world arrived in Jacksonville over the last few days to take part in this marathon.

It was a beautiful day, with clear sunny skies and temperature in the low 70's. It was a glorious day for outdoor activities. What more could runners want?

Many streets were closed, packed with well-wishers and supporters along the way. The route passed right in front of my home, which was very exciting!

On both sides of the street lots of marathon activity was going on: medical tent, water and sports drink stations, families and friends with signs and lawn chairs, and misting fans for the runners. Music was playing and fans were shouting their support and encouragement.

Alene Reta had the fastest full-marathon time with 2:21:58. Tadesse Abebe had the fastest half-marathon time at 1:11:40.

Check out this excellent photo album of the marathon. called Racewatch, on Picasa.