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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Marathon Information

UPDATE TO THIS... I double checked and I am registered for the Marine Corps Marathon in my MAIDEN name. If you're unsure, look up both names.

Hi everyone,

The Marine Corps Marathon is Sunday, October 28, 2007 and I will be running it for the second time. If you are interested in coming down to watch the race, here is some information.

The closest Metro Stations to the race are:
1. Arlington National Cemetary, which will take you within a mile of the starting line.
2. Foggy Bottom/GMU, which is about a half mile of the course between mile markers 9 and 10.
3. Federal Triangle, which brings you to about 2 blocks from the course at mile 12/13.
4. Smithsonian, which is around mile 14. It's a great idea to go to Federal Triangle, catch me at mile 12 and then walk across the mall to catch me at mile 14 and then take the Smithsonian Metro station, which is right there.
5. Crystal City, which is about 3 blocks from the course around miles 22 and 23. This is another great opportunity to see me twice.
6. Rosslyn, which is about a half mile from the finish line. I"ll be walking to this metro station after I finish in order to get back to my hotel.

The race starts at 8:00am and I run at about a 13-14 minute pace (meaning that it will take me 13 or 14 minutes to run a mile). You will have to do some math to figure out where I will be when. If you are looking for Todd, his pace is somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes per mile.

I will have my cell phone, you can call me at (email me), but I may not answer if I'm feeling bad. You can also text message me at that number.

If you want to bring things to give to runners, they like small gatorades, candy (gummy bears, starburst, candy corn), small pretzels and crackers. Bring them in a bowl or tray so runners can grab them as they go by. A lot of runners write their names on their shirts so that you can cheer for them as they go by.

If you are coming to see me, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN ADVANCE! No surprises, it really encourages me to keep going if I have someone to look forward to seeing (and it really means a lot!!). I'd prefer to know exactly where you'll be so I can look for you and look forward to seeing you.

I also recommend remote runner tracking at http://www.doitsports.com/results/MSG-signup.tcl?sub_event_id=2941 If you register at that website, you can track where I am and the service will text message your phone or send you an email to let you know when I cross certain points on the course. (You can do this even if you aren't coming down to watch).

NOTE: I am registered at the Marine Corps Marathon in my MAIDEN NAME.

Thanks everybody!

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