OBX Marathon

Doug and I ran the OBX Marathon a couple of weeks ago. I LURVE the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I am a water baby and there is water everywhere.

The marathon was a well oiled event where everything went off without a hitch. It started with great 'booty bags' along with our race tshirts that on the back read...Get Your Arrrrrrgh On!

The first half of the marathon, by far, was the best. It ran on some hard packed sand dunes and then through some dirt trails. It was beautiful, but my legs let me know I haven't run trails in a very long time. Anyone who has run trails knows that trails will kick your tail! And that it did.
As most of you know, we usually don't travel unless there is a marathon involved. However, we always seem to have some fun before and after the 'real' fun.

Some Sightseeing
Some Seafood Eating
Some Wave Action
Some Splashin' Around
Some Sun Setting
Somebody's Hubba Hubba
Marathon Morning
Trail Running on Packed Sand
Two Happy Finishers After Warming My Belly with Crab Bisque at the Finish Line
More Sightseeing
Searching for Sea Glass...a Favorite of Mine
Marking Our Territory

What a fun marathon and a great destination. You should put this one on your to do list!


Athens Marathon

The 2500 anniversary of the Marathon
From Marathon to Athens

Below are some pictures of marathon day
The course...hilly
The temperatures...warm
My legs...shot from walking the city for days
Running the modern Olympic marathon course...amazing
Spectators...young and old...they were the best
Hearing 'BRAVO...BRAVO...' a million times...
I could hear it a million times over again
The Olympic Flame (to the left) with the Greek flags

The Olympic Flame

At the starting line of the 2500 anniversary of the Marathon

Ready to Run

I've almost caught him

Burial site for the Spartan Soldiers

I was handed an olive branch by these two boys. We had never seen so many young people and so many old people out on the course cheering everyone on.

Cheering from their homes

Doug and the blue line.
They had the entire course marked with a blue line that showed the shortest route from Marathon to Athens via the marathon course. The blue line showed us the way to the Olympic Stadium.

Another young one out cheering everyone on.

Olympic Rings at the Stadium

Doug and his great photography

Receiving our medals

Finishing at the Olympic Stadium
Side Note:
Doug and I wore our Jared Coones Pumpkin Run shirts because the marathon was run on Halloween. They do not observe Halloween in Greece. However, there were some on the course that knew of Halloween. We had our picture taken more times by spectators (and runners alike) wanting to get a photo of our shirts. It was so fun listening to people yell, "Happy Holloween" as we ran by. I felt like a rock star!