Monday, October 22, 2012

Spectating the Niagara Falls International Marathon

You would think that after running a marathon, volunteering for a triathlon and running an overnight relay we would want a weekend off from racing.  I guess you don't know us very well then! (We also have a half marathon next weekend and a 5K the following weekend).

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!

Missing something

Much better

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!

Amber was planning on around 4 hours so we had a good idea of when she would show up and right on cue she came running toward us!

 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!

Everyone cheering

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?


  1. Fun!! I saw a sign this weekend that said "Smile if you're not wearing underwear!" Haha - hilarious. :)

  2. Spectating races is a blast! (You know you're a runnerd/trigeek when ... ;)) When I ran the Boilermaker 15-K this summer, there were a ton of signs about beer (i.e. "Keep running--beer in one mile!"), which made me smile even though I'm not a beer person, ha.

  3. I've never spectated a race but I've seen some awesome signs while running some. The best so far was a Ryan Gosling face saying: Hey girl, I'm waiting at the finish line. I ran SO fast.

  4. YAY! I can finally comment. If you have 100's more pageviews today - that was me hitting refresh tons of times ;P

    I had such a great time yesterday. However, now we're all home sick, probably not the best idea to go outside all day and yell and scream. Oh well! it was so much fun so that's all that matters :)

    Logan loved the falls afterwards too

  5. That looks like so much fun! I haven't spectated a race yet...only participated, but I need to!

  6. awww this is so much fun! I want someone to do all of this for me! (: I told my fiance that he has to make me some signs for when I run my 5k next week! (:

  7. Awesome! I read Ali's post too:) You guys must have had so much fun:)

  8. You know, I don't think I have ever spectated at a race! But I did just sign up to volunteer at the Houston half next weekend, so I'm really excited about that!

  9. That is awesome that you all got out there and supported the runners! Looked like a fun time!

  10. I looks like the two of you had a blast!!!! Love your signs!

  11. Hey I just realized - there WERE pace bunnies ;)

    1. Haha yea! We only saw the 4:30 pace bunny though, so I'm not sure how many others there were.

  12. I spectated a local half. It was the weekend after my first full so I didn't know if I'd be able to run it so instead I went and cheered.
    Best signs:
    Marathoners do it longer! (I know I have the mentality of a 13 year old boy.)
    Run faster the careers are coming. (Hunger Games humor, that did help my 13 year old comment did it?)

  13. I've never spectated a race but like I posted on Ali's blog after reading both your recaps we may need to put that on the list of things to do.

  14. 10 am start makes spectating about a million times more fun :) but yes they are extremely inspiring! i know my husband starts running more after all of my races