Los Angeles Marathon XXI, March 19, 2006. Photos by Devon DeLapp
I think I got a few good ones. There's the neat clock car
that the leaders
follow. Then there's the goofy media truck
(if you look at the sequence, I think the guy in yellow
is pointing at my sign).
There were hunks
, and of course the awkwardly posed
What I like the most about the marathon are the crowds. They leave their homes to line the streets
and cheer on these complete strangers. Instead of getting pissed about the crap traffic situation, everyone I saw seemed to be having a good time. The ID sheet each runner wore also had their name (or a nick name). The spectators would call out to them ("Hey, Diane!", "Lookin' good, Steve!"), and the runners would smile and wave back
Also, there was this lady:
Most of the runners had passed hours ago. A few stragglers still walked the course, bringing up the rear. This woman trotted along by with these tiny baby steps. She must have been in her sixties, and looked to be in pain. But gosh darnit, she was out there doing it. It may be dark when she crosses that finish line, but she'll be there.
Even from the sideline, the marathon was great fun, especially with our new seats
. Maybe next year I'll actually be out there running it.