Women’s Olympic Marathon

Despite a steady stream of rain yesterday morning, fans flooded the streets of London to cheer on the best female marathoners in the world. My friend and I had a hard time finding a spot on the railing, which was 4 or 5 people deep in some places, and I honestly think that the entire 26.2 mile course was occupied by spectators on both sides.

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We eventually weaseled our way into the crowd and were able to see the women 3 different times- 2 from the streets and one from atop a bridge. Race officials begged the spectators to keep moving on the bridge, but eventually gave up when it became obvious that the fans weren’t about to leave such a great viewing spot. I loved when the runners passed by and I saw the officials cheering loudly with the crowd, forgetting their duties in the excitement of the race.

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It’s hard to describe how awesome the race was. The effort and agony of every runner- from the lead women to those limping at the very back- were incredibly inspiring and make me anxious for my own future in the marathon.

I’m heading out now to meet up for a run with about a dozen other Rice track alums who are also here for the Olympics. We’re all wearing Rice shirts so will alert London that the Owls are in town!

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