Although it appeared at first that my students were simply making Forrest Gump jokes via the school marquee...
...they were really encouraging me. Thanks guys (especially Anna).
The (very long) marathon route.
After visualizing Downtown L.A. traffic on marathon day I decided to take public transportation. To the Gold Line. Bonus: With my marathon bib all buses and trains were free for the day. I love L.A.
Transfer to the Red Line at Union Station and off at Pershing Square found me three easy-walking blocks from the starting line.
A shot of the starting-line crowd from a bridge.
Me on the same bridge.
With the masses waiting for the start.
The race hasn't even start and I'm already tired.
The official MCs were Mayor Jim Hahn , Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee Jackie Joyner Kersee, and The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
The crowd chanted, "Ali, Ali, Ali!" as it passed The Greatest.
8:30 and off we go.
Just a bundle of energy.
Cruising past Staples Center.
Mile 1, no problem.
I was next to the Trojan cross country team as we passed the USC campus. The crowd went wild for them.
Mile 6, no
Mile 8, smooth as silk.
Looking for all the help I could get. Dude was actually blessing me as the picture was taken.
Mile 11, don't be deceived by the smile. I'm tired, it's 11:30 and already 82 degrees.
Just in case I was tempted to complain about the pain....
Mile 13. The good news, I'm half way there. The bad news, I'm only half way there.
Again hats off to his courage - until I noticed the roller skate. Cheater.
And finally, the real reason why it took me 5 hours and 39 minutes. Again, I love L.A.
A shot of me winning the marathon. And look at that tan.
A screenshot from the L.A. Marathon website of my results.