>> Monday, October 08, 2012
Yesterday was my wife's 13 STRAIGHT TWIN CITIES MARATHON!!!!!! (And it was the 3rd time the race fell on HER BIRTHDAY!) And my brother-in-law's girlfriend Angela did her FIRST marathon!! (Angela was the one who we cheered on to her first triathlon this past summer.) And Pharmie's cousin Ben was going to be doing his second ever marathon, and his first attempt at Twin Cities.
Angela, Pharmie, and Ben!
Dad, Mom, and Aunt Nancy getting a photo.
Matt and Angela pre-race. Aaaaaadorable.
We cheered the "wheelers" on when they started their race, and then soon the runners were on their way!!
Lydia and Chris!
Angela in the mix!
This awesome remote controlled mini-helicopter kept zipping around 20 feet up while taking
video of the runners. The "pilots" were just behind us. Looked like a fun toy!
Pharmie getting ready to throw her pants at me! (A common occurrence in my life.)
Pharmie and running buddy Laura starting the race.
There was a solid block that looked like this. These get picked up and donated.
Using an empty porta-potty at the start once the 12,000 runners had ran away.
(My tummy was a bit upset all weekend.)
Speedy Ben Merchant going by on his way to a 2:38 and 73rd overall finish!
(And 1,000 Grand Prix points.)
Buff tattooed topless dudes. (It was 32 degrees at this point.)
Off he goes!
Angela running past!
My parents keeping warm while cheering!
Soon we spotted Pharmie and her training buddy Laura. I was happy to see them still running together!
Spotting her Mom holding the gels!
Stopping for a hug!
Running back to catch up with Laura (who just was hovering there....)
We knew we'd miss speedy cousin Ben, and we did because he finished in 3:23! Congrats Ben!! (And that was with a stop in a porta-potty to strip his tights under his running shorts! Ha!) But we got there and started cheering for the rest of the runners. I changed into the grim reaper costume for a few minutes again:
Matt cheering in the background.
Death, Mom / Grandma, and Henry! (Kind of a weird family photo...)
Running off with Matt
Here was our crew near the finish:
Christine, Sauce, Matt, Nancy, Jon, Monica, Baby Evie, Annie, Mom, and Baby Henry.
My Dad was back there too, but he was catching a little snooze.
(I have a lot of photos of my father-in-law doing this over the past years too. Ha!)
Auntie Annie and Henry.
Henry cheering in his "old man sweater!"
We also spotted Sven Sundgaard running past and gave him a big cheer. He's a meteorologist for Kare 11 TV here in the Cities. He gave us a wave as he went by:
"Sven: the meteorologist who's not as fast as my wife."
I kid! I kid! :)
Two marathoners and one boy who's stealing his Mom's potato chips.
So everyone had a pretty successful day. Angela and Ben mentioned that it got pretty rough in the final miles, but that's kinda to be expected at a marathon, right?
Congrats to all the racers yesterday!!