Day 38: Cheer on Tallahassee Marathon runners

7 Feb

As a runner who has completed a marathon, I have huge respect for the effort and dedication that goes into training for and running a marathon, which is 26.2 miles. I was delighted to discover that this year, the Tallahassee Marathon changed its course to run through my neighborhood of SouthWood. (There is also a half-marathon.) One of the reasons I haven’t run in this particular marathon is because I feel there isn’t enough support from the community. Runners will go miles without seeing a single cheering spectator. (Shame on you, Tallahassee.) This year, my husband, stepdaughter and friend April set out to change that. We came armed with running necessities: orange slices, cheerful signs, a box of Kleenex and plenty of woo-hoos. So many runners thanked us for being there, grabbing handfuls of orange slices and simply smiling and laughing at our signs. We chose a funny one that said: “Men: Sex Ahead, Women: Cake Ahead.” It felt great to give back to the running community.

Address: Click here for the 2011 course map. Typically, the Tallahassee Marathon starts at the FSU track and runs southeast towards the St. Mark’s Trail and back. This year it detoured through SouthWood.

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2 Responses to “Day 38: Cheer on Tallahassee Marathon runners”

  1. Mark December 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Hope to see you out there cheering again even though they’ve moved the course back to the trail!

    • 365tallahassee February 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      My husband and I were there! Hope you had a great race.

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