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Philadelphia Broad Street Run 2013

Posted in Sports with tags , on May 9, 2013 by Verge

Okay, so I didn’t run the race, but Monika and our friends Kelly and Cynthia did, and I tried to be supportive by waking up the day after Barley Legal Big Brew Day 2013 (post to follow soon) with a wicked sun burn and a mild hangover, and drove them to North Philly to start the race.

I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, mostly because my phone was nearly dead as soon as I arrived because it served as our GPS to the starting line and I couldn’t run out of battery because I wouldn’t be able to find the girls afterwards if I did.  Also, I was distracted by trying to find a shot of whiskey at 830 on Sunday morning in South Philly.  For the record, McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park as well as Chickie’s and Pete’s are both NOT open that early on a Sunday, regardless of a huge race running down Broad Street for ten miles.

For what it's worth, I did snap this picture down at the naval yard about 300 yards from the finish line.  the security after the Boston Marathon tragedy was pretty damn tight, and it seemed like they were on top of their shit.  The marine in this picture was just hanging out, watching people, and high fiving some of the runners.  I was truly touched that about one of every twenty or so runners, after literally just running 10 miles, chose to say "thank you" to the marine.  I'll admit, along with those that ran the entire race holding American flags, I got a little choked up.

For what it’s worth, I did snap this picture down at the naval yard about 300 yards from the finish line. The security after the Boston Marathon tragedy was pretty damn tight, and it seemed like they were on top of their shit. The marine in this picture was just hanging out, watching people, and high fiving some of the runners. I was truly touched that about one of every twenty or so runners, after literally just running 10 miles, chose to say “thank you” to the marine. I’ll admit, along with those that ran the entire race holding American flags, I got a little choked up.

When I finally found the girls, who I missed running past me, they had made great time and we retired to the recovery tent.  Afterwards, we headed to Collingswood and grabbed a beer at The Pour House.  They deserved it for sure.  Monika raised over 600 dollars for cancer research as part of team Determination.  And everyone who participated made a statement:  those raising money, those carrying flage, those wearing Red Socks to support Bostonians, those running for the good of others, those literally wheeling themselves across the finish line, proving that nothing can stand in the way of your personal determination, and all the spectators, who might not be ready just yet, but want to cheer those who've made such a commitment and show support for all of their passion and causes.

When I finally found the girls, who I missed running past me, they had made great time and we retired to the recovery tent. Afterwards, we headed to Westmont, NJ and grabbed a beer at The Pour House. They deserved it for sure.

Monika raised over 600 dollars for cancer research as part of Team Determination. And everyone who participated made a statement: those raising money, those carrying American flags, those wearing Red Socks to support Bostonians, those running for the good of others, those literally wheeling themselves across the finish line, proving that nothing can stand in the way of your personal determination, and all the spectators, who might not be ready to run just yet, but want to cheer those who’ve made such a commitment and show support for all of their passion and causes.

2012 Philadelphia Marathon

Posted in Daily Pictures, Sports with tags , , on April 1, 2013 by Verge
back in November, I think, Monika ran the Philadelphia Marathon for the first time.  The day before, we visited the Philadelphia Convention Center for race packet pickups.

back in November, I think, Monika ran the Philadelphia Marathon for the first time. The day before, we visited the Philadelphia Convention Center for race packet pickups.

I really love this building.  It's a shame not many people get to see it.  I always thought this main room would be an awesome venue for a low key show of some sort.  the acoustics are amazing.  It used to be a market, and rail lines used to run right through here.  Their location is still marked on the floor with parallel lines the whole length of the room.

I really love this building. It’s a shame not many people get to see it. I always thought this main room would be an awesome venue for a low key show of some sort. the acoustics are amazing. It used to be a market, and rail lines used to run right through here. Their location is still marked on the floor with parallel lines the whole length of the room.

It serves as a sort of art gallery, also.  Arching ceilings really give you the feeling of being in a huge hangar.

It serves as a sort of art gallery, also. Arching ceilings really give you the feeling of being in a huge hangar.

a shot of downtown Philly from the steps right on Market street.  I always love the site of the Philly skyline.  It will always remind me of growing up here in South Jersey, watching the skyline morph over the years.

a shot of downtown Philly from the steps right on Market street. I always love the site of the Philly skyline. It will always remind me of growing up here in South Jersey, watching the skyline morph over the years.

this is a random corner on Market Street.  Not sure what it means, exactly, but interesting.  I'm always looking down when I walk in the city, usually looking for Toynbee Tiles.

this is a random corner on Market Street. Not sure what it means, exactly, but interesting. I’m always looking down when I walk in the city, usually looking for Toynbee Tiles.

next day was race day.  Monika got an super early start, and Craig and I headed in after a few hours to meet them at the finish line.

next day was race day. Monika got an super early start, and Craig and I headed in after a few hours to meet them at the finish line.

Mayor Nutter gave high fives as people crossed the finish line, 26.2 miles and 4 hours after starting the run.

Mayor Nutter gave high fives as people crossed the finish line, 26.2 miles and 4 hours after starting the run.

Monika, the champion.  okay, maybe not the most flattering picture she'd like me to post publicly, but hey, she just RAN A MARATHON.  Give her some slack.

Monika, the champion. okay, maybe not the most flattering picture she’d like me to post publicly, but hey, she just RAN A MARATHON. Give her some slack.  Notice the cel phone still firmly in hand.  I taught her well.  Water and cel phone, the two necessary things to survive in life.

This is Monika and her friend, who was only going to run a half marathon, but Monika convinced her to run another half during the race.  She really has a way with convincing people to do crazy things with her.

This is Monika and her friend, who was only going to run a half marathon, but Monika convinced her to run another half during the race. She really has a way with convincing people to do crazy things with her.

Kat made it too, her first marathon as well.  We were both super proud of them.  And, glad we finally got our wives back.  They had been training non-stop, everyday, for like 6 months, so yeah, we were looking forward to this whole thing being over already.  I'm sure they were also!

Kat made it too, her first marathon as well. We were both super proud of them. And, glad we finally got our wives back. They had been training non-stop, everyday, for like 6 months, so yeah, we were looking forward to this whole thing being over already. I’m sure they were also!

Run The Bridge 10K Donation Page

Posted in New Links with tags , on July 6, 2011 by Verge

HELP ME AND MONIKA RAISE MONEY FOR THE LARC SCHOOL IN CAMDEN BY SUPPORTING US IN 2011 RUN THE BRIDGE 10K CHALLENGE BY DONATING HERE.

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