Thursday, August 07, 2008

Watching the half marathon

Amazing Guy left the hotel room for the New York City Half Marathon last month at 5:30am to be on time for the 7:00am start. The boys insisted on wearing their Red Sox shirts while little lady wanted to wear her brand new sandals purchased the day before. So now I had to hope there would be no mean words to little boys or blisters on toes.

We got to Central Park in time to see the leaders run by. It was very exciting.

We were also able to find Amazing Guy in the midst of the crowd. Much cowbell ringing, yelling and hand slapping ensued.

And several yells of appreciation from runners wearing a Red Sox shirt or hat.

Then after a quick ride on the subway to Times Square to find Amazing Guy again. The kids did their usual sticking out of their hands for runners to slap as they go by. It continues to amaze me that people will cross the street to seek out a hand to slap.

At one point, a tall man completely crossed the large street in Times Square, clearly seeking out the kids' hands. He got to one Red Sox clad boy and lifted his hand while saying "Oops", slapped little lady's hand, and then avoided the next boy's hand with the explanation "I don't touch Red Sox fans."

After yelling for Amazing Guy in Times Square, we hopped on the subway again and got to the finish line just a block away from where the Twin Towers once stood.

His shirt reads "Sikhs in America".

This was our third time seeing "Lobster Hat Man" as my kids called him.

This guy was juggling as he approached the finish line. Amazing Guy told us about one guy who dribbled a basketball the entire time.

Once again a fun day. Although now little lady has asked both Amazing Guy and me, "when do we get to cheer for mommy in a race?"


Shonda Little said...

As someone living out in the middle of nowhere,often dreaming of the outside world, I loved your photographs. Don't get me wrong, I like where I live. It's just nice seeing other things.
I particularly loved the photographs in this blog. The second one from the top belongs in a magazine. I also got a chuckle from the shiks in America. I would think running a marathon in that would be hot.
Glad I stumbled onto your blog. I will be back.

chelle said...

Wow! Half marathon ... that is fantastic!!!

Jami said...

I cracked up at "...cheer for Mommy in a race." I shouldn't have and I'm heartily sorry that I did. Mea culpa. Kinda.

Brillig said...

Wowzers. I hope that if I ever run a half-marathon (yeah, right) I hope I'm cool enough to wear a lobster hat and dribble a basketball.

What an exciting day!

Flower Child said...

yeah - when?

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

How great for all of you! And that Red Sox fans thing is so typical NYC, lol.

painted maypole said...

ha ha

some friends are trying to talk me into doing a triathalon (and I just might) and lobster man is giving me some inspiration....

Goofball said...

amazing guy is truly amazing guy. What a great example for his kids!