They had cheer posters for us!
With the head run coach and one of the other run team mentors
Look at that beautiful group!
Running & walking to cure cancer. GO TEAM!
After kick-off and the run, I headed home for a quick shower before meeting up with my friends Linda and Mariana to shop for dresses for Mariana's wedding. I had so much fun hanging out, laughing and shopping with them and we stayed out all day (even though neither Linda or I found a dress for the wedding. Oops!). When we finally got back into town, Linda was kind enough to help me make cheer posters for the Capitola Half Marathon and Surfer's Path Marathon that I was planning on spectating the next day. It ended up being a really late night and thanks to insomnia I didn't get to sleep until 2:00 AM.
My alarm went off bright and early this morning and my friend Tyson and I headed out to Capitola at 6:30 AM to spectate. My friends Sarah (Tyson's fiancee) and Chantel were running their very first marathon and we wanted to be there to support them as well as our other friends who were running. The Surfer's Path Marathon is composed of two out and back sections. The first half starts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and heads out to Capitola and back. It's great for spectating since we get to see our friends on the way out and again on the way back while standing in the same spot. We met up with our friends Michele and Mike at mile 4 of the race where Michele and I then proceeded to be the most obnoxiously loud race spectators/cheerleaders ever. We had so much fun! We got to cheer on our friends Kandace, Nichole, Peyton (who was running her first half marathon), Noel (who was also running her first half marathon), Dean, Sarah and Chantel as well as everyone else who we saw on the course. We would run with strangers, high five runners and hand out bananas/Gu's to those who needed it. Once all of our friends passed by we meandered back to the car (cheering along the way of course) to head over to our next cheer stop at mile 16/21.
Team M&M getting our cheer on
Cheesing at mile 4/9ish
The second half of the Surfer's Path Marathon was also an out and back which made spectating a breeze. We hunkered down at mile 16/22 where we were soon joined by other spectators and proceeded to yell, scream, and high five everyone who ran by. I loved watching the runners perk up and smile/laugh as they passed by. I think we all got a second hand runners high from cheering everyone on. I was yelling and cheering so much that it'll be interesting to see whether or not I still have my voice tomorrow!
Dean ran an impressive 11 minute PR
Congrats Sarah! You are officially a marathoner today!
Team M&M Cheer Squad with the awesome marathon finishers
Have you ever spectated a race or had someone come support you during a race by spectating/cheering you on?