When Ali suggested that we go spectate the Niagara Falls International Marathon, I was on board! Not only did we want to see her and her family again, we also knew someone running the full (and the half but we didn't get to see her). Amber and Greg have become amazing friends, they even invited us over to carbo-load for OUR marathon and then again for her marathon, so we wanted to support Amber during her race.
Luckily, the marathon didn't start until 10am so we didn't have to wake up too early. We decided to meet up at what we thought would be a little past 10 miles and we made it through customs and traffic for the Buffalo Bills game easily. (We seriously were the only people at Tim Horton's who DIDN'T have on Bills gear).
While we were waiting for Ali, Colin and Logan to show up we spotted a sign in the distance and walked to it. It was the 15K mark so we realized we were only at 9 miles, which worked out better actually.
Ali and her family showed up and we got ready to cheer our faces off! Logan also enjoyed our leftover Timbits.
Ali made the signs!
I think his face says it all!
The leaders showed up and we spent some time cheering for all of the runners.
Best spectators ever
Lead male (at that point)
The lead females
Psyched about the sign
Logan loves running!
Looking great at 9 miles (white top/black shorts)
We packed up and hit the road to see her again at around 19/20 miles. Mike and I got there right as the leader was going by (Ali and Colin made a pit stop at Tim Horton's).
Ali wanted to make a sign about "the wall" so she improvised on the spot. We even got a few runners to start running again after "breaking through the wall"!
Making the best sign ever
Not enough room for "through"
She was actually from Rochester!
Love this photo!
Eventually we saw Amber in the distance and I noticed that she was walking. I ran up to her and offered her some encouragement and she told me that her legs had locked up. I just told her that she was doing great and that she was running a marathon!
At this point, Mike and I wanted to see Amber one more time and Ali and Colin went their separate way (their plan was to take Logan to the falls). I loved seeing them again and we had a great time!
Mike and I drove to mile 24 and waited for Amber's arrival. We eventually saw her with the 4:30 pace bunny and she looked a lot better than she had the last time we saw her. We told her that she was doing great and watched her cross the bridge as she headed toward the last 2 miles.
Yay! She's floating!
We didn't end up going to the finish line but we kept in touch with Greg and he let us know that she ran a 4:30 marathon!
I had a great time spectating and I can't wait to do it again! Next time Mike and I will make signs too!
Have you ever spectated a race? What's the best sign you have seen?