Here they come...
There they go... can you spot Ryan hall? And yes that is only 1 of the cheerleading groups along this mile of the marathon.
After that I cheered for people I didn't know for the next 2 hours. I ended up seeing my friend running her second marathon (and PRing by 40 minutes!) Unfortunately she didn't see me. My fault, I never told her I would be there. I am glad though I was able to spot her in the masses!
It was a warm morning, nice for spectating but I felt bad for the runners. Definitely not as warm as it has been in the past but nowhere close to ideal. I saw a handful of people already struggling at the 12K which was shaded. I can only imagine how they felt on the back half where shade is hard to come by. I noticed many spectators only cheering for the 1 or 2 people they knew and it bothered me. Maybe since I've run a couple races now that I know how nice/motivating it is to hear the cheering, clapping, and support from total strangers. Seriously, if you are going to stand there and wait an hour to see your family member or friend might as well clap for the others while you are at it.
I don't know what it is about spectating but I tend to get emotional and want to run another marathon. It holds my absolute worst race and my current marathon PR. It's my town and I kind of love it in all its craziness. It's a good thing registration doesn't open until next year otherwise I would have come home and signed up immediately.