Yesterday the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon sold out. Last year they sold out in July. I have a feeling what happened in Boston played a role in the quick sellout. The Mohawk is known for being a great Boston qualifying (BQ) race. I think the attacks likely inspired more people to want to run Boston next year to show their support and the country's resilience. I know that's why I'll be there.
I watched the Hood to Coast movie. The filmmakers followed four teams: One team honoring a 30 year old family member who passed away the year before from a congenital heart condition; Dead Jocks In A Box is a team of "over-the-hill" elite male runners (I thought they were creepy, like desperate old pervs); Heart And Soul are a group of Masters women, including a 67 year old who almost died on the course the year before from a heart attack; and my favorite, Thunder and Laikaning, a team of young animators who "trained" for the race by running a total of three miles, sitting around, and drinking beer. The documentary was well made and really gave you a sense of what the 197 mile relay race is like. In fact, I'm a little nervous about it now. Nervous about being over tired by my third and final leg and also possibly losing my team since I really don't know any of them. I'm going to suggest we all wear Big Bird costumes. I hope they go for it.
My very long stride will be a great advantage.