NYC Marathon 2009

Yes, everyone knows about the annual NYC Marathon but to experience it is something else!  Notoriously difficult for just getting a spot in the marathon, 35,000 lucky people get the honor of running 26 miles through all of our boroughs — and we get the honor of cheering their names or country (or shirt brand – whatever you can read on their shirt in the millisecond you get).  Here are some highlights from my sideline view in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

Man handing out Twizzlers - NYC marathon

These ladies are not passing up this man's offer of free Twizzlers - I wonder if he does this every year? Quite fun.

These 2 guys were unbelievable.  They walked into the bar we were watching the marathon from and ordered beer and shots – but this was only the 11th mile of the marathon! I’ve never heard of bar-hopping NYC marathon runners.  They only planned to have 1 round of drinks at this bar (their 4th bar so far) but when I left they were well onto their 4th round.  They were coal businessmen from Tennessee who’s group had raised $1m for their running charity, Team Continuum.  I don’t think they were destined to finish the marathon and I hope I had nothing to do with that.  Their wives certainly were not happy after waiting down the street for hours looking for them to pass by!

Bar-hopping Marathon runners blending in well with the hipsters.

Mid-marathon bar-hopping runners blending in well with Williamsburg hipsters

Lady C's easily finishing her 3hr45min time (I'm deducting 3min for her bathroom break haha)

Lady C easily finishing her 3hr45min time (I'm deducting 3min for her bathroom break haha)

Sometimes, it gets a little crowded.

Sometimes, it gets a little crowded.

Gatorade aftermath. Not a smart idea to stand just past the hand-out station - I got a bit of tossed gatorade thrown on me.

Gatorade aftermath

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