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Cap City Half Marathon: A Spectator's Report

Posted May 10 2012 2:08pm
When it came down to it, weather predictions weren’t at all favorable for the Capital City Half Marathon on Saturday. In fact, there was a heat warning issued on Thursday by the race’s medical director. I had decided not to run the race due to my knee injury and missing too many long runs (insert: everything seems to happen for a reason here) and was pretty bummed about it. I watched as the time goals of the runners I knew shifted from going all out for a PR to running based on feel, heat, humidity and hydration. I can’t say I was relieved I wasn’t running, but I did feel like if I had to sit out a race, this particular day was definitely a good one.
Still, there was no way I was going to miss the race. The Lucky 13’s had trained for this day for the last five months, and I was going to be there every step of the way, even if it meant cheering from the sidelines. Which is exactly what I did.
MIT Volunteer Crew, Cap City 2012 S
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The temperature was 64 and humidity was 93% at the start. The only thing that made the weather slightly bearable was the fact that it was overcast. I watched as the clouds hung over the city. A part of me wished they would just release rain (or something) to give relief to the runners below. There was not even a breeze. I was pretty miserable just standing outside. It was a tough race, a tough day and tough conditions. Anyone who ran it should be proud. It was a special race to be a part of with a record crowd of more than 13,000 people. 
Seriously, doesn't it just look miserable?!
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We camped out literally right before the finish line – between mile 12 and mile 12.5. We were on an overpass where spectator support was lacking, but a steady incline definitely was not. The Cap City course changed this year to include a new finish line, and I would say it was definitely difficult. We were armed with cow bells, signs and lots of screaming to give runners that last push to finish the race. I was screaming out names on bibs as people flew by – “You can do it, Rachel,” “You’re really almost there, Tom,” “You’re looking great, Angie!” And on it went, for nearly four hours. Several of them looked startled when I called them by name, and some even looked appreciative. 


Me & Jessica with our cow bells. 

Cheering!
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More MIT cheering!
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 Who wouldn't pick up the pace to run away from the two of us?!


"Come run with us, we promise you'll have a blast!"
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I was hoarse, tired and my knee was throbbing by the time it was all over. Still, it was nothing compared to what I saw on the course, people were passing out, stumbling around and throwing up behind bushes. Medical attention was readily available (especially so close to the finish line), though, so I know the people who were suffering got attention as soon as humanly possible. I think I counted four or five people go down just within my sight. There were some moments that were a little scary, but I’ll give it to the Cap City medical team and emergency personnel for working really hard to ensure no one was seriously injured or ill that I saw.   
I am incredibly proud of the 13's and my other running friends who ran it, especially the first-timers! NOT AN EASY RACE AT ALL!
Me, Amy & Duane. Amy earned a PR!

Me, Nita & Duane. 

Sandy and Stacy during their FIRST Half Marathon!
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Wade and Shirley after their FIRST Half Marathon!
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Another huge Congratulations to these Lucky ladies. Julie and Sue ran their first full marathon on Sunday at the Flying Pig in Cincinnati. Love these girls - I am so proud of you both!  


Julie & Sue - MARATHONERS!

 

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AND....A huge shout-out to my sailing friend Elle over at Eat Run Sail . She is running her FIRST EVER Half Marathon THIS Sunday!!!! I am so excited for you, Elle, I can't wait to see pictures of you as you cross that finish line! I have watched you grow as a runner, and I have every confidence in you that you will do this. I just know it! Best of luck to you and The Captain - have a blast!!! I'll be cheering for you from Ohio.  

What about you? Did you race this weekend? If so, I would love to hear about i! Looking for a race? Check out this week's Ohio Pace Per Mile Report for some awesome upcoming events. Until the next mile marker, 
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