Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

On a recent Sunday morning 16,000 runners from all 50 states and 23 foreign countries took to the New Orleans streets.  My running days are over, but I can’t resist going to cheer them on, and sympathize with their pain.  It was a perfect, cool winter day, with the sun peeking over the oak trees as the runners filled both sides of St. Charles Avenue.

In New Orleans we can turn any event into a party!    A jazz band from Tulane University started up at 7 AM.  Cheerleaders from a local high school sang their encouragement, waving big records as part of their routine.  Neighbors lined the route just as for a parade, though most were drinking coffee rather than the typical beer.  We brought our coonhound to cheer them on, and she provided a welcome distraction to the monotony of 26 miles.

Here are some highlights.

Our neighborhood was early in the race (mile 4), but the real drama comes towards the end.  A man from Louisiana beat out the heavily favored African runners.  A friend’s son placed 3rd in his first marathon attempt.  Congrats Trevor!   Another friend also completed his first marathon, finding time to train despite having a toddler and a new born.  Go Michael!

Just another Sunday in New Orleans.

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Hope the weather is beautiful where you are and you can get out and enjoy the outdoors.

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One response to “Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon”

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