Hawaii: Marathon Madness

In the last post I told you that my husband surprised the kids with his visit to Hawaii. Well, part of the reason for doing that was so that he could join us in watching our daughter run her second marathon – 26.2 miles — on December 12.  

We are extremely proud and impressed with Megan — and Robby for that matter. Even though he had to bow out of this year’s race, he completed the past two years and did very well. Megan is humble and if you read her blog, she skips right over all the fine details that I’m going to share with you. Sorry Meg, it’s a mother moment.

There were 21,700 people entered in the Honolulu Marathon and she came in 645th overall; she came in 20th out of 1,815 women in her age group; she was the 108th woman out of 9,710 women overall; and she was 211th out of the top 500 Hawaiian residents that got their names in the local paper.  Her time was 3:42:27.  See why we’re proud?!

The race started at 5:00 a.m. so we were up and out of the house early.  I was able to get some pictures of the racers from the second story of a nearby mall — with Santa watching too — before the fireworks start time, but wasn’t able to get as close as I would have liked.  At mile four the racers come right in front of the kid’s apartment building so Megan ran right by us.  After we watched a while, we made our way to the apartment, got cleaned up then headed for the finish line, another experience in itself.

There are a few people who like to stand out in a crowd and will do just about anything to do so. Take for example the man who ran BACKWARDS 26.2 miles. Megan said he bumped into her one day in training, and never looked back to apologize — I mean look forward — I mean look back? Others ran in full costumes and masks or in tights.  My camera was clicking away during and after Megan finished.  A young local boy ran it barefooted and I asked him afterwards how he was doing.  He said fine and his feet seemed to prove it — they were very pretty! Megan said the oldest competitor was 92 — although I was told Yoda was 800! It was quite the experience to say the least and we were so fortunate to have been a part of it.  Congratulations Megan — you did it girl!


Megan - December 28, 2010 - 5:49 AM

Well, gee, thanks Ma. 😉 Gosh, reliving it through this post makes me even more glad that it’s over!!! It was so wonderful having you here to experience it and root me on…and now to have such cool pics to look at- thank you!

Aubrey Archuleta - December 30, 2010 - 12:51 AM

Yea, what to say about this insanity! Having a bay is a marathon in itself! You go Megs! You are amazing 🙂

Aubrey Archuleta - December 30, 2010 - 12:52 AM

*baby* not bay, although that would be challenging too 😉

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