|Dear Friends, Family and Neighbors,|
Another marathon escapade unfolded and I ticked Indiana (state #27, marathon #38) off my list! But before I get to the Marathon Update (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), there are two things that I'd like to share with you:
Click HERE for the Alexandria Gazette's excellent review of the night.
And now, without further ado,
The Eagle Creek Trail Marathon.
Over August 5th and 6th, I made the short trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to run the Eagle Creek Trail Marathon -- run on trails, not roads -- (state #27 and marathon #38). Hot, hard and humid, this marathon tested me. Was I going to beat the trail, or was the trail going to beat me?
Personal Factoid: My only other trip to Indy was when I was in 6th grade (see photo above) to watch the Indianapolis 500. It was my first flight too. I remember being terrified of the flight attendant and nervous to ask for a non-alcoholic (in case you thought otherwise!) drink.
Indiana Factoid #1: Between 1900 and 1920, more than 200 different makes of cars were manufactured in Indiana.
Indiana factoid #2: Famous Hoosiers include: Abraham Lincoln (born in Kentucky, moved to Indiana as a child --16th president), Dan Quayle (senator and 44th US VP), James Dean (actor), "Gus" Grissom (astronaut), Jane Pauley (broadcast journalist), Larry Bird (basketball player), John Mellencamp (singer), Florence Henderson (actor), Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman/Folk Hero), Michael Jackson (singer) and David Letterman (late-night talk show host).
Indiana factoid #3: The first professional baseball league game was played in Ft. Wayne (1871) and the first US long-distance auto race (recently featured in the Smithsonian Magazine) was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1911).
Indiana factoid #4: Theories abound as to why Indiana is nicknamed the Hoosier State. But, alas, it remains unclear. Indiana is also known as the "Crossroads of America" for its junction of interstate highways that serve as a trucking base for many trucking lines.
Waiting for the race to start.
The Ugly (sorry, no ugly)
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That's it. Congrats, you made it to the end... except for the pictures below. Next up is the Pocatello, ID (State #28, Marathon #39) on September 3rd. It's going to be a quick in-and-out too (like Indianapolis), just an overnight stay. Cheers everyone and stay well. - Brooke
Pre-race in front of my PT Cruiser Rental
Pre-race with Marathon Maniac friend David M. Thanks for taking all the photos!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Eagle Creek Trail Marathon
Posted by brooke : head runner : founder of The runningbrooke Fund heather m. : new-ish runner and chief promoter at 5:40 AM