Spectating My First Race

by - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This Sunday is the 35th running of the Marine Corp Marathon in D.C., and I think the only way I could be more excited is if I were actually running the race myself.

Instead, I will be out on the course cheering on a good real-life friend and tons of blends (blog-friends) who are running the race. It will be my first time spectating a race.

Since it's my friend's first marathon, it warrants a big cheering section at multiple spots on the course.

I went into serious Type-A planner mode last night and designed a plan for the day that will let us see our friend at miles 10.5, 15, 19.75 and 26.2. I put it in a document, with some general spectators tips, tips for getting through the day, a break down of what our friend will be racing in so we can find him, and a reunion plan at the finish line.

The last part of my plan is to whip up some awesome signs, but I'm really struggling with what to write on them.

I know I'm going to make one for my blends that says "Run Bloggers Run!" Blends, I will be on the look out for you!

But I need some tips on what else I should put on the others. I know some of the classics:

"Your feet hurt because you're kicking so much butt"
"All walls have doors"
"Chafe now, brag forever"

....but I feel like I can probably do better than that.

So please share your sign ideas. 

I want to make sure the MCM runners have something fun to read on the course.

Bloggers running MCM: I'd love to catch up with you at the finish line. I'll be in the Family Reunion area near the giant "P" after my friend finishes. He's hoping to finish in under 5 hours. Please come say "Hi!"

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