After years of wanting to, I finally got down to watch the Mount Marathon Race. I was inspired to get there by my many friends that take on the 3.1 mile, 3022 ft of elevation course. The run out to the trail head looks challenging enough, but the steep, slick, crowded trail provides a serious challenge. It was amazing to watch the juniors, women and men compete. We stood along the finish line on Fourth and the determination and pain is evident on many of the racers. Racers range from young, strong, highly-trained racers to competitors in their 60's and 70's that take on the mountain with amazing strength.
Sadie stepped up to the start line on the kid's mini-marathon.
She jumped at the chance to get involved.
And they're off!
Proud Mount Marathon mini-marathoners.
Mount Marathon looms behind. We watched the action on the hill from town. The mountain was dotted with people making their way up, but the runner's movement coming down was visible from town.
If you are patient, and listen to your Mother scream and cheer and carry on...you get cotton candy.
Sadie wasn't the only one inspired to step up to the starting line!