First and foremost – THANK YOU for all your wonderful comments!! A girl could get quite an ego hanging out with you folks. I should print these out and read them whenever I’m feeling a little down.
Thanks to Michelle for capturing some great moments from the day; and to Olivia for getting that cool shot of me and Ryan heading around the corner to the finish…looks like we’re the only ones on the course.
I didn’t bother putting any descriptions/captions, so let me know if you have any questions about what’s going on in a particular picture.
And here are some excerpts about the race from the local paper (emphasis mine):
The Hartford Courant
“Kemboi Pours It On” by Lori Riley
“Neither heavy rain nor blustery wind could stop Kemboi Saturday from winning the United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon. He set a course record, finishing in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 34 seconds, breaking the mark of 2:16:52 set by Joseph Nderitu of Kenya in 2002.
Kemboi, 27, had hoped to run the 26.2-mile race in 2:14. But heavy downpours, a headwind and the lack of competition in the later miles conspired to slow him down. Kemboi broke away from the pack in mile 14. He ran the last 12.6 miles, including the roller-coaster-like final 10K in West Hartford, alone.”
“Large puddles formed on the course. Heavy rain blew into the runners’ eyes. And they had to tackle a headwind from the halfway point – which the lead pack of four ran through in 1:06:58.”
It’s nice to know that I didn’t just imagine the rain, winds and hills.
I’m almost done blabbering about this adventure.