Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lincoln National Guard Full and Half Marathon

Hurricane Ike flashed its tail at us at the St. Charles Marathon last September: the race was stopped after 10 miles. And yes, we were at Chicago Marathon a year and a half ago for the heat shut-down of the race.

And when we saw the headline below in the Lincoln Journal Star, we hoped we had not arrived for the shut-down of the marathon because of the H1N1 Flu.....

Hurrah! Sweet Pea and I finished the half marathon and Don ran the marathon... in Lincoln, Nebraska in the bi-centennial year of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Temperatures in 50's to mid-60's: our favorite running weather.

The race took us past the Nebraska Capitol.. on the east side and back on the west.

Registration and expo were at a hotel near the University of Nebraska campus.

SPRING has arrived in Lincoln!

Parks and golf courses in the residential neighborhoods made a pleasant run.

Never seen so many little lawn signs, colored sidewalk chalk messages ("I think I can ... I think I can ... I think I can") ... cheering folks nearly all the way.

At two different locations little pre-school boys were blowing soap bubbles for the passing runners.

Start and finish were on the University of Nebraska campus. Post-race party in a nearby building offered a variety of party food.

17 comments:

Beth said...

Congratulations! Looks like you had a beautiful day. I love when there are signs along the way as they are surprisingly motivating. Love the pics!

Calyx Meredith said...

Yay y'all!! Congrats to all three of you. Looks like a beautiful course.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Congrats! much better than last year, huh?

Anne said...

Congratulations to all three of you. The day looked perfect for running a long, long time. Love the sign of encouragement and so glad the flu outbreak didn't hinder plans.

Vickie said...

Another great race to add to your memories! Love the medals!

jeanne said...

looks lovely! great photos. congratulations!

Just_because_today said...

It is amazing but those lawn signs do make a difference. And to see kids blowing bubbles (my favorite past time when I was little)would really push me to go further. Looks like a great race and a good time - and the race wasn't shutdown....

Elaine Merrill said...

So glad to see you're still able to motor along. Take care of your knee!

rocketpants said...

Looks like a great day! Glad it wasn't canceled and you got to enjoy it.

Backofpack said...

Wow, looks like a gorgeous day for a race! Congrats on a great finish!

peter said...

What a nice looking town. I have never seen the Nebraska Statehouse, it must have been fun to run by.

DawnB said...

Beautiful day and congratulations on another great race.

Ted said...

Great pictures !!! Congratulations for getting the job done.

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on another successful race! I don't remember that expo being so big back in 2005 when I ran that race. Nor did the race sell out like it did this year. They must obviously be doing something right. Glad to hear the weather was good for you guys!

amybee said...

NICE! Congrats to you and Sweet Pea!

CewTwo said...

Thanks, Sunshine! Always fun reading about your running exploits! Keep it up!

Charlie

CewTwo said...

Hello, young lady!

I do have a new blog. It is located at www.cewtwo.com - A lot of imagination in that domain, ey?

I am looking forward (with trepidation) to the injury report!

Charlie