World Record Breaker Berlin Marathon 2018

World Record Broken by

Eliud Kipchoge  2:01:40 

We saw him running in two different locations of the course route. Very exciting

BMW Berlin Marathon 2018 world record breaker running video towards the end of the course we saw the helicopter and the lead cars and knew he’d be coming soon.

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Heart Transplant Recipient Ran Marathon

An AGH (Allegheny General Hospital) Heart Transplant ran the Pittsburgh Marathon last Sunday. I thought about him today and I went back tonight and found his photograph. I took it just before Mile 20.

Absolutely incredible, isn’t it?

Wishing him all the best!

According to the article below from WTAE he had the transplant just 17 months ago

http://www.wtae.com/article/heart-transplant-recipient-to-run-in-pittsburgh-marathon/20169309

PGH Marathon Sunday May 6th

Pittsburgh Marathon is officially DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon- Here is a  Pittsburgh Post -Gazette Article about PGH MarathonMay 2018!

I missed photographing the early wheelchair participants and the first and fastest runners who’d already run by.  Got down the hill a little later this year.

Running to “remember Uncle Buddy” was touching.

 

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The Volunteers and the workers who make the day possible.

Coaching his wife MarathonMy favorite shot of the day.  This husband is running backwards, coaching his wife on to the finish.  Just before Mile Marker 20.   LOVE

Rounding the Corner Pittsburgh Marathon Mile 21

Rounding the corner Pittsburgh Marathon Mile 21.  From the archives.  Sorry to not identify  runner- he was a leader by a large margin.    Weekly Photo Challenge is Corner- Highland Avenue and Bryant Street

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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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Marathon Highlights – Sunday May 3 Pittsburgh PA

At the twenty mile mark in Highland ParkStephen Njoroge

Stephen Njoroge, a native of Kenya  runner-up in 2013, won the men’s race in 2:15:19.
Clara SantucciFemale winner -Clara Santucci, 28, finished in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds here she is approaching the twenty mile mark

The handchairs are inspiring to watch.

 

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Frozen Motion

Weekly Challenge by Jen Hooks is MOTION

As I scour a portion of my archives, I see lots of frozen motion.

Today’s post is the four grandchildren in various motion shots

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Maura running

 

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Michael jumping into the pool for a heat

 

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Jack kicking in a puddle at the Columbus Zoo

 

annaAnna caught midair off the diving board

and below in a more recent dive

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When a Dog Smiles at the Camera

You have to take a picture. I asked the owner’s permission.  She looked as if she had just been on a run or about to go on one with some friends.

His name is Oliver!

Oliver is a Heinz 57 mutt and he was smiling for the camera!

He’s six months old and has that puppy energy and enthusiasm.  What a happy guy.

I’d just come out of the end of the year faculty meeting/gathering at the Hofbrauhaus on the edge of  South Side Works near the riverfront trail.

So thanks Oliver (and your owner also- sorry I didn’t get your name)

I know Murphy smiles for the camera, too.

What a great personality!