Twin Cities Marathon: A View From The Curb

In a workout rut? Or simply in need of some self-motivation? I suggest you attend and watch a marathon. Talk about inspiring.

On Sunday I went down to the 29th Twin Cities Marathon to cheer on and support friends running in the race. Somehow, this was my first time attending this beloved Minnesota event. I stood at the 6-mile mark by Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet with some family members on what was a gorgeous morning in Minneapolis.

I have to say that I was unprepared for how emotionally inspiring watching a marathon would be. First off, the fact that people actually volunteer to run 26.2 miles is beyond me and made me think how much encouragement from spectators must mean to them. Even though I was toward the beginning of the race, I could tell how much a simple sign, high five, or cheer meant to those running by.

What was even more touching was when a runner would spot someone they knew on the sidelines. Both parties would light up in a way that showed so much gratitude and support that you couldn’t help but get excited for them.

While watching on the side of the street, huge groups of runners would fly by as I would frantically scan faces to see if any of them were people I was there to support. I can’t explain how exciting it was to spot and flag down Julie, my first time marathoner friend, and a family friend who has run each and every Twin Cities Marathon to date. Very cool feeling. I wonder how they felt? 😉

Another thing I loved watching was the extreme array of people running the race. Sure, there were definitely the typical runner types with the lean bodies decked head to toe in Under Armor moving at a brisk pace. But I was so pleasantly surprised to see a ton people running that didn’t fit that stereotype. I saw high schoolers, a man in the “80 plus” group, a girl in a tutu, a woman wearing a cherry and spoon costume, and people running for someone they recently lost, people who were clearly struggling but still pushing through. Those were the ones that were the most inspiring to watch.

I do not see any marathons in my near future. But I was still glad I went down to watch because marathons are one of those things that blatantly show how hard work pays off. Also, I’m a little less terrified to start my four-week personal training program next week (ugh).

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  • Reply
    October 5, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Thanks again for coming out to spectate. You’re dead on for realizing how much the support meant. I know they say the TC is the most beautiful urban race, so we must have lots of local hotties because my eyes scanned more faces than scenery.

    Good luck on your training!

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      October 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

      I have to agree with that statement. TC definitely attracts a good looking crowd :) I’m so happy I got to see you, though! It was so much fun.

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    Greg in Fargo
    October 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I saw your blog post in searching for people talking about the marathon. I was running in the race and was right there with the Cherry and Spoon gal for most of the race. FYI – She is from Fayetteville, AR and works at the University there. Nice person and I thought it was great she was celebrating Minneapolis art.

    Anyway, thank you for being there to cheer us on. It means a LOT and is one of the reasons the TC marathon is one of the best in the country.

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      October 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

      Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your comment. The marathon was so much fun to watch and I got such a kick out of some of the outfits. That’s so great you got to chat with the cherry and spoon lady. I’m very curious as to how she felt about wearing that costume at mile 20 :) Anyways, congrats on running the race yourself and for stopping by my blog!


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