Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fantastic Minneapolis Marathon/Half

Lining up for the Minneapolis Half Marathon, together with the marathoners for a glorious out and back along the scenic Mississippi River

Temp ranged from 45 to 70 degrees, sunny and breezy.

See the young spectator viewing from an apartment window at the start.
Crowds were plentiful and enthusiastic at many areas along the route.

Early part of the course, views of downtown Minneapolis at her finest.

Interesting bridges

Here, the great new 35E bridge, which replaced the old bridge which disasterously collapsed.
On the right, the Washington Avenue Bridge, connecting the east and west campuses of the University of Minnesota.

The course includes crossing the unique historic stone arch bridge.

Spectacular view of St. Anthony Falls, from the Stone Arch Bridge, accessible only to pedestrian traffic.

Start and finish are near the new Guthre Theatre on the river.
A major part of the course is along he Mississippi, on the West River Road (TOTALLY CLOSED to TRAFFIC for the races).

Spectators, including this sweetie who momentarily lost her sun hat, lined the West River Road.

When I taught in an elementary school near Minnehaha Park years ago Mississippi River Road was my communte. Today I searched archives without finding any pictures of the Mississippi River Road. Sigh.
So, put Minneapolis Marathon on your calendar for next year and come and see it for yourself!

This picture was taken in April, before the trees leafed out. The road you see is part of the marathon course. From there, the course continues south to Fort Snelling and a loop around Fort Snelling State Park.
More description of the course on Don's Make It a Masterpiece.

We registered for this race before I crashed my knee (see previous posts).
With pain of 9 on a pain scale of 1-10, I walked this half marathon in support of Sweet Pea. It was a marvelous race; I wouldn't have missed it.
We finished and got our super medals.

Some marathons are not just for super jocks anymore.

Another major reason I am an enthusiastic supporter of the Minneapolis Marathon:
FINISH IS OPEN FOR SEVEN (7) HOURS!!!

SEVEN HOUR FINISH
YES! SEVEN HOUR FINISH

13 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Hope you are okay after walking with pain of 9/10.

Sounds like a great event. :-)

DawnB said...

what a wonderful post I felt your enthusiasm, congratulations. Beautiful photos makes me want to go out and run the course.

tk said...

Glad you are getting back to running but be careful!!

Anne said...

I'm so impressed -- and delighted -- that you held up for the whole thing. It really does look like a must-do marathon.

Beth said...

So glad you were able to do your race! Great pictures! I hope next year I'll get to be there in person and check it out for myself. Congratulations!

Just_because_today said...

Wait, you did a race in pain????? Hats off to you lady!!! Well done!!!

amybee said...

CONGRATS! I was working the finish line. I'm so sorry I missed seeing you cross. I would have given you a great big hug!

Susan said...

Those are beautiful medals and beautiful photographs. And I do believe that your spirit is beautiful as well to endure pain to be there for your loved one!

ShirleyPerly said...

Yes, indeed, marathons are not for jocks any more. But walking with a pain level of 9 does sound quite studlly to me. Congrats to both of you on your finish!

Thank for the lovely photos!!

WADDLER26.2 said...

WOW! Amazing---you deserve bigger medals

Dori said...

Congratulations on your finish. You do have a runner's heart. :-)

Your wonderful pictures made me homesick for the many runs I had along the river. I didn't realize there was a half marathon as well; I should have signed up for it! I was afraid of doing the marathon, since it was so close to the Seattle marathon.

I certainly like the 7 hour finish!

CewTwo said...

Very nice review of the city and the course. Great photos! You have a very good eye!

jeanne said...

you walked a half with a pain scale of 9/10???! I'd say that means you are seriously HARDCORE! Hat's off!