We decided to start off with our signs...
As we started seeing a little bit more runners, we started passing out some of our candy. We had lots of bags with us. Last year Megan ran for a bunch of bags of pb cups since we ran out so early..this year I didn't see that as a problem. We had lots.
Next up I saw my friend Keith from high school. He was doing a great job and knocked off an hour from his previous time. Way to go Keith! Becky and I continued to hand out our goodies. People really loved candy at mile 23/24. We got a lot of thank you's and you're the best!
Soon we see Megan. She is looking great. I start yelling for her and waving her sign as she entered Crystal City. She looked so much better than I would at mile 22.
Someone looks happy to see us!
Megan sat down to enjoy a pb cup and a quarter of a pb sandwich that I made for her. She caught us up on her race and then she was off! It was great cheering her on, but really we had a job to do..we had candy to hand out and a few more people to look out for. :)
Now we started to learn something about marathon runners and candy. Some candy I was doubtful would go. Really who would want a Kit Kat while running?? Well turns out runners love Kit Kats, Snickers, Hershey bars along with the normal PB cups (a true favorite), Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch Kids.
After seeing Megan, Ryan from run club ran over got a pb cup and gave us kisses and was off to finish up his first marathon. He was looking great for his first marathon too!
We were starting to run out of some of our candy. Becky was down to a few pb cups and Almond Joys. Now really, you can't give Almond Joys to runners! Well once again, I was wrong. She offers up Almond Joys and next thing you know a runner is hugging her telling her she is the best and takes the Almond Joy. I just didn't realize the love for Almond Joys! The smiles that we saw on faces because of on little Almond Joy was amazing!
We then saw Jen from runclub and gave out some Swedish Fish. It was her first marathon and I thought she was looking great too. It was amazing how great those first time 26.2 people looked!
Next up was Gary.
Gary took a pb cup and was off. I ran a little bit with Gary until he hit the water stop. He was looking great while running too. I loved seeing all of my friends running! I would never run 26.2 but I really do love cheering on those who are running that crazy distance! :)
Becky and I stuck around till almost the end. We ran out of everything but whoppers. Some of my walking friends enjoyed the whoppers we had left and our cheers while they were heading to the finish. Some of those back of the pack people I think really enjoyed our cheers and our sign (once we ran out of candy the signs came out). Even though most of the people left our street we stayed to cheer extra loud. If people had their name on their shirt/arm we made sure to include their name in our cheering too!
Great job to all of the Marine Corps Marathon Finishers!! Oorah!