A Spectators View

If I didn't run a race, can I still write a race report? :) Because its a lot different being on the spectator's side.... Yvette and I watched the race in support of our friend (and instructor) Doris, who ran today's race less than three months after having a baby. She is amazing! We made pretty signs for her (and all of other friends running the race) and stationed ourselves right under the course split sign - literally underneath it. Here we were in the middle of:

- drummers revving the athletes - full marathon runners splitting from half marathon runners - families and friends anxiously waiting to see and cheer on their loved ones

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We witnessed many poignant moments that tugged at our hearts and brought tears to our eyes:

- parents from Tulsa waving at their daughter and then hugging each other with emotion after she had passed by - dads pushing strollers with babies in support of the moms who were running - fathers running along side their daughters, encouraging them to keep going - half-marathoners pausing to cheer and yell support to the full-marathoners who still had another 13 miles ahead of them - friends running along side their athletes with video cameras to capture the moment - one runner hung a tiffany's box from the flap of her hat as motivation of the reward that was ahead

As runners, we know the personal joy and accomplishment we feel when running a race, but for once, it was pretty neat to see the excitement and happiness that our supporters feel too.

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Congratulations to everyone who race! This was one of the most inspirational races that I've been to and I really hope to be be a participant next year!