By 9:45, we were towards the back of the 5,600 runners gathered in the starting corral, waiting for the race to start. Mark and I had dropped off some stuff at bag check right before that, and those of us in the group who needed to use the porta-potties did so. In 15 minutes, the horn would blow, signaling the start of the race.
|Laurie, Rachel, Matt, Mark and I waiting for the race to start|
We took turns running a little bit then walking during the first two kilometers, going past the Guthrie Theater and back onto West River Road before crossing the Mississippi River on the Stone Arch Bridge. Laurie wanted to run across the entire Stone Arch Bridge, so I decided to do it with her. She suffers from chronic back pain, but wanted to do this race to continue to be active, and also she wanted to prove to herself that she could run across the bridge. Well, we made it! High fives abounded. :)
We waited up for the rest of the crew along Main Street, then continued walking and chatting together. Matt does not run (as he put it, he signed up to walk this race), so we did not run at all for the rest of the race. The weather was cool, but the sun was shining and there was a hint of spring in the air. We chatted with some of the other participants, too, and grabbed cups of water at the water stop around the 4-kilometer mark. Rachel also came prepared with a couple granola bars, and she and Matt shared one.
We passed the 5K mark as we crossed the Plymouth Ave. bridge, then hit the home stretch along West River Road. It was a perfect day and the conversation flowed. The five of us spent a few minutes deciding how we would cross the finish line together.
We decided to skip. :)
|We're off to see the Wizard... the wonderful Wizard of Beer!|
Team Ortho's director of communications was at the announcing booth, and she mentioned that Mark and I were volunteers for TO. That was a cool shout-out!
The timing chips all had us finishing within seconds of each other (Rachel and Laurie in 1:10:22, Mark and Matt in 1:10:23, and I had 1:10:24). We finished, and we had fun doing it! The five of us received our awesome stained glass finisher medals, but then Laurie had to leave immediately for work. :(
|Get Lucky finishers: Rachel, Matt, Mark and me|
While Rachel and Matt headed for their car and Seth headed for his, Mark and I got our picture snapped by one of the Marathon Foto photographers.
Mark and I picked up our post-race food at the food tent and our bags at bag check, then walked the several blocks to Kieran's Irish Pub. The line was long and snaked outside the main entrance. Matt's foot was hurting a lot, so he and Rachel decided to skip out on the free beer and head home. Seth also decided to go home. Mark and I waited in line, planning to redeem our coupon for the beer and get food at a different restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. However, the beer tent we eventually found ourselves in had free cups of beef stew, so Mark and I each downed one, and then we each ate a delicious $5 burger too. Great post-race meal!
|The swag: a finisher medal and awesome hoodie|
|This pic shows the front of the full-zip hoodie|
Here's the other loot. You can tell I volunteer a lot!
|Get Lucky t-shirt, light-up armband, beer stein, and socks|