Now that I’ve had a night to sleep on it and quit hating life in general, a few quick points to anyone contemplating next year’s L.A. Marathon:
- The. Best. Course. Ever. The organizers promised an icon a mile. They delivered and then some. What a great city I live in!!!
- The. Worst. Course. Ever. There weren’t any flats. We were either going up an incline or down an incline. Even the finish was 300 feet downhill over the last two miles.
- Who says Los Angeles has no community spirit? Twenty Six point Two miles and the only place there weren’t people cheering us on was on the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration in West Los Angeles. And I mean shoulder to shoulder the whole freaking way. Even for us back of the packers. No other race I’ve been to has come close to delivering.
- Entertainment like no other! I didn’t use my iPod. Where there weren’t official bands, DJ, or radio station entertainment, the community was out in full force. Kids drug their guitars and drum sets out on the street to play for us. Mariachis serenading us. Korean drummers send us good vibes. Dancing to the beats of the boom boxes. Absolutely amazing.
- Volunteers. Water stations every mile. No shortage of water, powerade and a friendly smile. It was all there waiting for us when we needed it. No water stations out of water or out of volunteers. Thank you folks!
- Have I said community? Oranges, bananas, candy, pretzels, snacks. By the cases. People from the community. No doubt out of their own pockets. Thank you!
- And the finish. Wow. There were thousands at the finish. Starting from a mile out. The. Whole. Way. In. Like a big vacuum sucking us into the finish line.
And one final thanks to the leader of the 5:30 pace group. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel and start looking for the golf cart ride to the finish, she came along. Mile 22. Thank you for pulling this one out for me!
More to come. In the meantime, just a few photos to keep you hooked:
Waiting for the start. Inside Dodger Stadium. In a comfortable seat:
At the start line a couple hours later:
And we’re off:
Nothing else needs to be said:
The streets of Hollywood:
Welcome to Beverly Hills!
For my LDS friends: