Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
If anyone has any logistical tips for trying to keep up with a runner on the course---please let me know. While stealing a bike seems the easiest route---I am looking for legal alternatives to hopefully catch my runner at 8 and at some point around 17 or so.
I appreciate any and all comments--particularly useful ones!
Stealing a bike is looking better all the time...
I thought this article in Runner's World was pretty good. Part of interest is about half way down the page. http://www.runnersworld.com/events/boston06/Mag_bestof.html
John, if you post to "Zeke" on www.marathonguide.com, he will give you all kinds of ways to see your runner. There is a good chance folks have already posted over there and you will find what you need.
(heartbreak hill? nothing compared to the 6 Newton hills)
If I had a chance to do it again--there is the potential to catch a 340ish runner multiple times ---but you have to be flawless. I rented a bike from urban outfitters in Boston. Were I to do it again, I would double the rental cost and get the Giant Defy Road Bike and bring my shoes, vs. clunking around on a 45lb hybrid.
The Iphone is a wonderful thing---but navigation on the fly is difficult. A highlighted Queue sheet with some applied math would make things better. Also--remember to bring your actual backpack vs. a Steamtown Track bag, as the strings will dig into your shoulders in the 40+ miles of biking it takes to cover 16 miles of the course.
Thanks for the tips...it was an experience even from the wrong side of the fence!
I didn't know that the publication had lowered it's literary standards, but I have always wanted to get published so I would be happy to take a stab at it!
I also plan on developing the "South Boston Marathon"--it is run in South Boston, is a boston Qualifier, if you have qualified for Boston you cannot run, on course nutrition is RC Cola, Moon Pies, and it is followed by a pig roast. You can deduct a minute from your net time for each post race beer, with style points awarded for karoke! And the Jacket is made by Carhartt and comes in brown duck or Mossy Oak camo!
Hey, What will be the runner limit? With bear, moon pies, pig roast and Carhartt, you are going to get everyone and maybe even some farm animals!