|photo courtesy of Bangor Daily News|
|photo courtesy of Maine Sunday Telegram|
|photo by Kevin Morris|
Some of my favorites from the crowd this year include:
*the 2 ladies who were near me through most of the race who were just having a great time with the race, laughing and joking with fellow runners and the crowd.
*the family with the fantastic posters with sayings like "Run Like You Stole Something" and "Sweat is Just Weakness Leaving Your Body" Heck (well, ok that wasn't what i was really thinking, but you know what I mean) yeah!!
*Around mile 4 as I was starting to slow down, the man who passed me wearing a hand-decorated t-shirt that read "In Memory of My Wife, Aimee". It gave me chills and definitely helped put my pain into perspective and keep on truckin' even though my body was saying "WTF?!"
|photo courtesy of Portland Press Herald|
*The guy who passed me around mile 5 running IN a replica of a lighthouse (on wheels). Seriously!
*The amazing staff and army of volunteers. This is the most well organized and smoothly run event I have ever participated in.
*and meeting Dave, the guy in the Kashi commercials who is now running races across the country in hopes of inspiring others to get healthier, one step at a time.
While I may miss the excitement of seeing the blazing fast runners up at the front, there is a whole lot of spirit and fun happening in the back of the pack at this race. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!