Pittsburgh Marathon Sparks Admiration

Today was the Pittsburgh Marathon.  Admiration was abundant.

Anyone who sets out to run 26.2 miles deserves admiration.  Here are a few highlights.

Laura and Charles were visiting from Columbus and Steve accompanied us down the hill to the 20 mile marker spot.

I started to photograph a couple of men is some crazy wedding gowns, which from a distance made me think they were togas.

As I photographed them, it turns out one was my good friend’s son.  He recognized me first.

Tony told me they were wearing the costumes, running for a charity fundraiser Project R.U.N., (Reaching Underserved Neighborhoods) getting kids running shoes if they need them, providing nutrition education and transportation to the marathon and free registrations and “promotes healthy and active lifestyles”

I was filled with admiration.  Nice job, men!

Running in costumes for charity fundraiser. This just in   IT is not too late to donate to Project R.U.N.  here is the linkDonate to Project R.U.N. until May 31

Runawy BridesI can’t imagine running a marathon but in a full length wedding gown?

 

IMG_6239Okay Tony.  We get the message.  Six more miles to go!

Waiting for another “bride”

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A spectator with her sign

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Volunteers give numerous hours to make the Marathon a success. Some on bicycles, offering assistance to runners.

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The workers

And the littlest cheering squad   They cheered as every runner went by, bringing smiles to their exhausted faces

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IMG_6278One of the runners the little squad cheered on, stops for a selfie

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6247Carrying a flag the entire race could not be easy.

 

 

IMG_6230And thanks to Rich and Barbara for hosting the Annual Marathon Viewing chairs and delicious spread with all that delicious food.

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A Box of Chocolate Truffles

Admiration has several definitions.

For this week’s challenge by Krista, bloggers have admired heroes, volunteers, a beloved parent, musical instruments, design, flowers,art,nature and the gorgeous sky at sunset.

So why not chocolates? Smooth, satiny and delicious.

I’m choosing “pleasurable contemplation” this evening.

As I went to put the gold embossed lid onto  the fresh box of Betsy Ann chocolate truffles I eyed them with pleasurable contemplation.

Admiration.
A thoughtful friend brought them as a hostess gift tonight.

I positioned the lid to hide the empty spots we devoured for dessert before I caught this photo.

Such a wonderful Pittsburgh-made confection. Thank you dear friend. I admire your excellent taste!