You know what I have seen as a race spectator that I miss sometimes as a racer? I see family and friends who stand for long periods of time cheering on every single runner that passes them. I see kids wanting a simple high-five from the runners, all of them in awe of each passing racer. I see people who took time out of their lives to make race signs. Every race sign is amazing. I watched all the security, race workers, photographers, and all the people who go into making a race great doing little things to make sure each runner has a great experience. I think sometimes as a runner we miss all the little things as we chase our PR's and goal times, but, for me, I am always grateful for my time on the other side of the race. That is when I realize how grateful I am to every person who is there to make sure my races are an awesome experience.
Here is a look into Mark's race experience through pictures:
|Mark, Meridith, Josh, and Becca riding the bus to the top.|
|The Run Aways ready to run a 2:10 (or under) race.|
|Mark coming to give Addison and I a high-five before heading off to his 2:05:21.77 PR!|
|I really strongly feel that if you are not running, you should be waving race signs. Here are mine. And I was photo-bombed by Monte.|
|The Run Aways post race. Many achieved a PR! I love our running group.|