Barefoot Rick's 2006 Dallas White Rock Marathon Report
What a perfect weather day for a marathon! Temps were supposed to be in the low 50s Sunday morning, but because of high cloudiness on Saturday it cooled off more than expected Saturday night with temps at race time hovering in the mid-40s! I arrived at the start line when the national anthem was being sung, and shortly after we had the F-15 flyover! (I have always appreciated DWRM doing that year after year.) Shortly, after we were off.
The new half marathon start of 9 a.m. versus the marathon start of 8 a.m. definitely helped the start line logistics move along quicker the first few miles. With just marathoners and relay teams out there it just made it noticeably less crowded.
Basically, you can read my previous year's reports on Dallas White Rock Marathon for course info and such. I won't go into that again. Worth commenting is that I really do enjoy running around White Rock lake between miles 9 and 18. It is a beautiful part of the marathon course. To wrap up this relatively short report ... I had fun and enjoyed once again the marathon distance as I cruised in to the finish line at 3:44:15.
Running the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon this year taught me an important lesson about the crowds that gather for marathons ... they want a reason to cheer for the participants and to feel a part of the happenings. Today was not much different than my Chicago experience in the way I had fun "high fiving" folks along the way and just having fun with the crowds. While DWRM does not have near the spectators as Chicago, those that were out on the course appreciated when folks would thank them for coming out, slapping their kids' hands and just basically trying to have fun and celebrate running with them. Many of these folks will never run. They seek to live vicariously through those of us that would engage them and make them feel a part of the marathon. And, there are others I'm sure, who will very possibly be out on a race course next year or in the years to come because they were encouraged by what they observed in the participants. If it actually looks like some people are having fun, then maybe there are lives to be saved from a sedentary existence.
44th Marathon (26.2 Miles or Ultra Distance)
26th Consecutive Barefoot Marathon Since April 2004
*I am a marathon runner and do not prescribe to a run/walk method for MY marathons. Likewise, I do not cast aspersions on anyone else for "finishing" a marathon in whatever way they can propel themselves across the finish line, whether it be walking, crawling, etc. All marathon finishes are notable in their own regard.
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