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Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon- 2011

The day started very early(5:15am), but not early enough apparently.  I didn't even make it to the starting line on time.  This was the first half marathon I had ever done, and I certainly didn't realize the scale of the thing...26,000 participants is a whole lot of people!  The people in the picture above are all waiting for the shuttles to take them to the starting line.  My husband, who took these photos, took this one at 6am.  The race started at 7am.  The line stretched around two more sides of the building.  I would have been in the back of that line, never making it on time, so he drove me to the start line instead.  But we got lost, and I kind of freaked out a bit.  Eventually we made it, as close as we could, and I ran to the starting line.  My corral had already left, but there were still thousands of people who hadn't started yet.  It ended up being okay.   I don't have any of the actual racing pictures, because my husband and kids were at the finish line the entire time.  They got to sit in a tent and eat good food while I raced.  There were cheerleaders and bands along the entire route, plenty of water, encouraging signs, and cute dogs to distract me from feeling too tired.  There was a part of the race, on a freeway overpass, where there wasn't room for any spectators.  That seemed to be the toughest part for me.  We also ran through the 1-90 tunnel.  I ran faster through there.  I always worry about earthquakes when I drive through that tunnel.  Running through that thing made me even more nervous.  It felt great to find my family at the end of the race.  I was exhausted and hungry, but happy.  The band at the finish line was Everclear.  The highlight of the day was meeting Jonathan Ndambuki from Kenya, the winner of the race, and a sweet guy.  This was his first time in Seattle.  He said he loved it and was impressed with the friendly people.  He did the entire marathon, only twenty minutes longer than it took me to do the half!  And below, are three more great guys.  My son, the little one, rode his bike alongside me on most of my long training runs.  Josh, the guy in the middle, is a long time friend, who works for Rock and Roll marathon.  He made sure that today was extra special, not only for me, but for my whole family.  And the other guy is Derek, my husband.  He has been the one who has been helping me train.  He knows a lot more about running than I do. I'm already looking forward to next year, maybe I'll run a little faster and arrive a little earlier.  Rock and Roll was awesome!

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Reader Comments (4)

Great job Dawn. You should be proud of yourself for doing so well. Glad you enjoyed the grueling event.


June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Congratulations Dawn! How awesome. I ran a half marathon in the pouring rain and was quite surprised at the number of people there that I had to weave around. I've always wanted to do the rock & roll though, seems like it would just be fun! Way to go and hope you are recovering well. :-)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererin

Good job Dawn! I still have not made it to the starting line of a half marathon yet. ;) I am very proud of you though, and proud of your family for letting you have all that time to train.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

How very fun! My Lorri ran a half marathon a few weeks ago, so I know a little about waiting at the finish line. She had a tracker on, and we could pin point her location along the way. But yours looks more fun and interesting. So proud of you. I will never even try such a thing, but brave you - you've DONE it. YAYAY!! And you look beautiful!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

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