This was Jeff's and Max's first half marathon, and they did quite well. Jeff finished in 2:14, and Max in 2:46 (yes, that bugger beat my first half marathon time by a minute - and I trained for mine, while the longest run he'd had was a 5 miler!). Despite the awful weather conditions, both are ready to do this again, and Max is even thinking about training for a marathon! Shoot, if he can run a half with practically no training, imagine how well he'd do WITH an actual plan!
I'll let the pictures tell most of the story (clickable if you want to see them bigger):
Bibs in hand at packet pick up - it's official, they're really going to do this!
Jeff looking like Hobo Joe in his warm throwaway clothes - lobby of the hotel, 5:30 am.
USAFit BCS running club, represent! All decked out in rain gear, ready to leave the warmth of the hotel lobby and go to the race start.
Lucky for us, the race organizers opened up the coliseum to wait in before the race - at least we could stay warm and dry for a little while.
The line up for the start stretched on forever! 25,000 runners all corralled into one area - Jeff and Max crossed the starting line about 35 minutes after the race began.
After I saw them start, I went immediately to the finish area to stake out my spot - there was no way I was going to miss them crossing the finish line! Just over an hour into the race, the winner of the half marathon came in...it was pretty exciting to see the runner come flying in like this! There weren't a lot of us at the finish line yet, but we were cheering him on like crazy.
Here's the marathon winner (in yellow) - he looked like he could have kept on running for another few miles!
Jeff heading toward the finish line!
Check out his calf muscles! Also? He's still passing people!
They were broadcasting the race on the local Dallas TV station, so I caught Jeff's moment of glory both on the big screen as well as in person - pretty cool!
Jeff did it! His first half marathon at age 54! Not too shabby for an old dude! ;)
Max nearing the finish line...
And he's done - first half marathon at age 22! Nice job, Max!
So bummed that this picture didn't turn out better - my camera lens fogged up when we finally got inside the "family reunion" area, and they were too wet and cold to want to hang around much longer to get a clearer picture.
Max wins Chafe of the Week, hands down! Ouchies. Of course he immediately posed for a picture so Sam could upload it to Facebook. We were all laughing at how messed up his shirt was, and then I remembered that it was MY shirt! Joke's on me? Luckily the blood washed out.
Well-earned beer for the half marathoners! Nice medals, guys!
The spectators - still cold!