Runners Forum - Kick Runners banner

1 - 20 of 46 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,829 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I am sure many real reports will follow but I thought I would give a little spectator report. This was the biggest gathering I have ever attended! I am on the no run list currently but since it was local for me, I got to participate in the festivities anyway.<br><br>
Got to the finish line bleachers just as the race began. Found <b>the infamous Heater</b>, one of my fellow cheerleaders and we set up camp, marking our spot with the cool KR sign provided by <b>Auntie Moe.</b><br><br>
After a slight delay all the runners were off!!! And more of our cheering section showed up. Our first buddy in was <b>Maria,</b> looking strong and happy. I took it as a good omen for the day. Next, I see <b>LHTim</b> running in, gave him a whole lot of cow bell cause for a guy battling back issues, he was running like a pro!! After that, the 8Kers filed in, everyone of them under 1 hour and running strong!! It was special to spot everyone , especially <b>Prae,</b> knowing this was her longest race to date and knowing she was owning that course!!!!!<br><br>
Time to focus on the HM folks. After a short while I hear a yell from <b>J</b> and look up to see <b>KrisE</b> sailing in with <b>PhillyTom,</b> showing us how graceful a hard run can look! In true brotherly love fashion <b>Philly</b> headed back out to try and run some people in (he is an amazing guy for sure!). Now we have HM people filtering in. I see <b>Theia</b> and MY heartrate was up, knowing she was exceeding her goal and smashing her PR!! Soon followed by <b>BigG</b>, smiling like she had just started the race, not was about to finish! Our HMs came in quick succession after that but we made sure the voices were loud and the cowbell was sounding. Each one of them looked wonderful! The HM was topped off by the threesome of <b>Auntie Moe, Moonie, and Frankie</b> and was a true testament to why this site is so great, 3 friends battling injuries and rough training days to run together, finish together and doing it smiling. You 3 are my heros.<br><br>
Ok, so we can turn our attention to the full folks now. Our cheering sections has grown and so has the excitement. The ever popular <b>PacerChris</b> comes in, exactly on time, and gives a delightful bow! Then, like deja vu, we see <b>PhillyTom</b> and a smiling <b>Notey.</b> Fabulous work! We soon catch a glimpse of <b>LL</b> and I almost fall off the bleachers, this guy almost matches his NYC time, impressive running, 2 great times, 2 weeks apart. And as always, he is smiling! Maybe one of my favorite moments was getting <b>Bob-camed</b>, as he approached the finish, he turned his camera on the cheering section and snapped one of us. I had anxiously been awaiting <b>Solar</b> because I know how hard she trained for this and I knew she was ready and I spent all day sending every bit of strength I had out to her. I spot her with the <b>Coach T,</b> her personal pacer. The look over, flash a smile and I am thrilled my girl is in, smiling, and happy, she ran a fantastic race! Since posting on these running forums I have always been inspired and motivated by <b>Voodoo</b> and yesterday was no expection. He is a true competitor and posesses too many fine qualities to list. I sincerely tip my hat to him for yesterday's performance. The race was topped of by the best dressed runner out there. <b>Nettie</b> in her tutu. On a rainy day there was a huge burst of light when she rounded the corner, her smile is electric!!!<br><br>
So this was long winded and I didn't get to mention everyone by name. But it was an honor to be out there cheering for you all. Each and everyone of you put it all out there yesterday and I am so proud of you all!!! and hope you are all proud of yourselves!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,494 Posts
Awesome report!!!!!! The camaraderie and support this weekend was second to none! The race was fun, but the whole weekend was just magical.<br><br>
I am so proud of EVERYONE!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,344 Posts
As a participant in the early race, and a spectator for the HM and full, I feel that I got the best of both worlds. As always, a pleasure hangin with you and your DH.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,494 Posts
The only thing Beaker forgot to mention was when the PA announcer came over to our section of the bleachers and said, "These guys already RAN and are the loudest in the stands!!!" Which, of course, made us cheer even louder. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,652 Posts
Hats off to the supporters who braved the cold to cheer us all in, and particularly to those that first busted ass on the run and then stayed to cheer others in! Thanks for recapping - I only got to see a few of the Philly Pholks you mentioned so this was a great summary.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,434 Posts
Your report had brought a huge smile to my face.<br><br>
Thinking of all you guys and all everything did - what a group.<br><br>
Thank you!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
572 Posts
Dear <b>Beaker</b>,<br><br>
Thanks for the report. It sounds like everyone had great time and it makes the non-philly gathering people jealous.<br><br>
In true <b>Oache</b> fashion,<br>
Hawki
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,289 Posts
<b>Lori</b>, I forgot about the bobcam, that was awesome! <b>Bob</b>, I hope that picture came out! I pulled my camera out around mile 3 and carried it on my final two miles, snapping pictures. <a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14958" target="_blank">Got one of</a> <b>sauconRunner</b> & <b>Noni</b> and <b>prae</b>.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,709 Posts
<b>Lori</b>, I'm getting goosebumps reading this. Thank you for sharing your cheering perspective. It was a cold, wet day, and you are a trooper for being out there for so long to cheer us on. It was such a boost to round that corner and see all of you there, yelling and making noise for us. I only wish I had the chance to cheer on some peeps myself! Thank you, for your good vibes and your great spirit! You're the best!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,682 Posts
Beaker:<br><br>
Thanks!! You guys were awesome! I think that half the reason I went back out was so that I could come through the cheering section again!! You guys rocked! And <b>Theia</b> was right - the race announcer totally loved you!<br><br>
And thanks also for setting up the Friday night festivities!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,977 Posts
Beakerbabe!<br><br>
Aww man, what an awesome recap. As one of the crew who couldn't attend, your point of view really helped me to see how our guys and gals did. Thank you so much for sharing!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,736 Posts
<br>
Dude!!<br><br>
Except I didn't race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
1 - 20 of 46 Posts
Top