Arriving at the Zappeion to pick up our race packets
Breakfast at 5 am before the marathon
Its still dark when we get off the bus in Marathon
Kate in Marathon
The Chinese group in Marathon
Another running group in Marathon
Marathon start area
I was really glad I brought my hat and gloves...we were really cold to begin with
Just trying to stay warm
Tom at the start in Marathon
Found a warm place in the foyer of the bathroom...saw some things we wish we hadn't
The pajama pants lady...
The bag check...almost got crushed here
A few people in historic costumes
Michael in Marathon
Men doing what they do before a marathon...even in Greece
Our group before the race
Lyle and Kathy before the race in Marathon
Lyle, Michael and Kate before the race
Maybe a Halloween costume?
The starting blocks
Just before the start
Balloons released into the sky as we waited for our wave start
Those men have no shame...I could see their streams shooting out into whoknowswhere.
The course doubles back on itself as it circles the Tomb of Marathon where the 192 Athenians were buried.
The course near Marathon
Great crowds in the little towns to cheer us on, yelling bravo and handing us olive twigs
Onward into the sun
A childrens band played for us
The towns started getting a little bigger
Up the hill then down the hill, on and on
Gas is 1.46 Euros per liter ($7.75 per gallon)...that should make you feel good, Bill Small.
A number of marble and stone dealers along the route
Those rolling hills again
Still out in the countryside
The crowds are growing
22 k marker...still have 9 k more uphill
The sun is brutal. Lots of people near me start walking, especially uphill.
A couple from Hong Kong
These signs are posted all along the route
We're starting to look weary
Weary but determined to make it to Athens
Lots of walking going on
Approaching 31k, where the course switches to mainly downhill, yes!
Woopee!! Downhill and even a little shade.
The shade was delicious
Entering the city
35k, only 7k more to go
It is starting to feel like it is late in the day
The hardest part is behind us now as we approach the funny looking bridge
The bridge makes me think of a harp or a sailboat
At this point I thought, the only thing that can cure my pain at this point is to just be finished with this...so I pushed on
The city streets of Athens
Lots of these arches as we neared the finish
Giant glass man
And then a left turn into the final stretch...downhill and shade...perfect
You can't see the stadium, but you know you are almost there
You can hear the hoopla as you approach the curve
And suddenly you are in the stadium, and you search for that finish line
There it is
Mike congratulating Tom upon his finish
The Greek warrior was a popular costume
Women on the Run does the Athens Marathon (can you see the Acropolis in the background?)
7 happy finishers (I actually felt really sick in this photo...felt like I was going to faint or something, tried to look happy. I think I was mildly hyponatremic. Isotonic drinks along the course were not as frequent as I would have liked. Drank a Powerade and felt better.)
We all finished!