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Pittsburgh Marathon Photos – Almost Mile Twenty

I got down early to catch the first marathoners in the wheelchair division. It was a perfect day for a marathon.

There was a street sweeper operating at the intersection of Highland and Bryant when I got down.   I knew the wheelchair participants started about 6:45 AM and I calculated when they’d arrive at almost mile twenty down the bottom of our hill.  I didn’t have too long to wait.

When I witness their effort, a catch forms in my throat.  It’s inspiring.  Accompanied by a bicycle escort, they “run” the course with determination and hard work.

I am dividing the post into galleries.  The first shots I stood across the street from the local coffee shop – Tazza D’Oro.

DICK’S Sporting Goods flew about 3 dozen marathoners to Pittsburgh from Boston so they could run the marathon.  These runners were ones who were unable to complete the marathon due to the attacks.

There were thousands of runners today for the Pittsburgh Marathon so this is just a small sampling of the day.  Perfect weather!

Here’ s the first gallery-

The Wheelchair Participants

The lead runners just flew by, almost effortlessly (well, it seemed easy watching them)  Soooo fast.  So smooth.

There were lots of dogs in attendance today.

And then there were the fun runners, the monkey, the man with the trumpet.bugle?, the guy in a kilt and sandals, women wearing tutus who were texting, and some wild hair and outfits.  Many patriotic displays and one guy running backwards.  A man wore a Chicago Runs for Boston shirt.

One man ran the whole marathon blindfolded,  tethered to a co-runner.  He did this to raise awareness and to experience what his 7 year old daughter must experience in life- she’s legally blind.   To read about his efforts click here and another article about this father’s running the entire marathon blindfolded-  here

A few more runners

man juggles running marathon

And all the volunteers and the workers who made it all possible

The street sweepers, the garbage collectors, the police, the paramedics, the course marshals, the volunteers who passed out water and picked up the cups from the course. The bus who came to sweep up the runners who needed to ride for the remainder of the course.  All photos shot with a 70-200mm Canon L series lens on Canon 5D SLR camera

And the partiers, the cheering section, and as neighbor Mike coined the term the CHAIR-ATHONERS.  for further coverage you can go to the Post-Gazette

16 responses

  1. Totally and completely uplifting and inspiring blog Ruth! Congratulations on sharing the visions of so many!

    May 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

  2. WONDERFUL! I would say you captured the marathon beautifully. A great day in Pittsburgh! Perfect temp., perfect crowds and over 27,000 runners. Are those red seats from the torn down Civic Arena?

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    May 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    • Three Rivers Stadium seats but auctioned off at the Civic Arena.
      They belong to a friend.

      May 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      • Great items to have!

        May 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  3. Connie

    I enjoyed the entire collection start to finish. I was touched to read your list crediting all those people who make large undertakings like this a reality. A tip of the hat to all of them.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  4. Sue Reinfeld

    Nice pictures! – I couldn’t even row a marathon. It is impressive.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  5. Great shots on an absolutely fun day Ruth! Thanks for sharing hon. :) *hugs*

    May 6, 2013 at 2:53 am

  6. Kristin

    Great photos Ruth! Looks like a fun day!

    May 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

  7. Nice photos of the wheelers. I shared your post at https://www.facebook.com/TeamHopeForTheWarriors. Good work.

    May 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

  8. Vincie

    These photos really capture the day!

    May 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

  9. Gail Radley

    Ruthie beyond SPECIAL

    May 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

  10. You showed some really fun photos and made me smile on this monday morning…thank you!

    May 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

  11. Amy

    Great post for the Pittsburgh Marathon! Cheers to the wheelchair participants!

    May 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

  12. A fantastic post, Ruth! I’ve gone down to the Chicago marathon course to cheer on friends and it is something to see. It is so much more than the first batch of finishers and you’ve done a great job capturing “both sides”, for lack of a better term. So good to see your event was so well-attended. Thanks for sharing your photos.

    May 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    • And thanks for your good words, John!

      May 7, 2013 at 2:05 am

  13. Ruth, you have perfectly captured the spirit of a marathon in your various images. So incredible!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

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