February 9 was a big day in the Delta.
There were runners from 40 states that competed in the Inaugural Mississippi River Marathon. It started at the end of our road in Lake Village, AR and ended in downtown Greenville, Miss. This marathon and half marathon counts as completing marathons in two states since it started and finished in separate states. I have learned that some people have a goal to run a marathon in every state.
My daughter and I both volunteered. Here are some pictures on our way to mile marker 8 at the junction of Highways 82 & 65.
At the last minute the marathon organizers asked if some of us at mile marker 8 could help down the road. I volunteered and left Emmy at mile marker 8 with the Chicot Memorial Medical Center crew and her second mom, Ms. Leigh and her college-aged best friend, Miss Frances.
The race organizers Start2Finish. That’s Joe waving to me. They were wonderful!
I found my friend TDS (he didn’t want me to use his real name on my blog) at mile marker 11. TDS is one of the people that always calls me Kelly Jo. Jeremy was also stationed with us. TDS told me more than once he had watched the video about proper marathon water station volunteerism. I took notes and practiced balancing a cup of Gatorade or water on my hand as he pretended to be a runner. After the first runner arrived, we even had a performance review discussion. What could we have done better? Our corporate folks that we work for would be so proud.
At one point I said, “We need music. Go open your truck doors and play some jams, TDS.”
We had it going on at mile marker 11 with our music and special signs TDS’ wife created “No Zombies” and “HAP-PAY, HAP-PAY, HAP-PAY”.
TDS’ wife was at mile marker 10 with the Boy Scout Troop. I wish I had a picture of them because I heard they had an awesome water station as well.
As runners arrived, TDS and I became competitive with our cheering. As the first girl arrived, I yelled, “GIRL POWER”; “Ooooh…and I love your shoes!”; “RUN”; “Keep Going”; and “You’re almost to the bridge”.
Then TDS would yell, “I LOVED YOUR SHOES FIRST”.
It was fun!
Did I mentioned it was really cold and windy? It was.
I think mile marker 11 did a great job.
Here’s some more Girl Power!
Here’s a great story from WXVT Channel 15 Greenville, Miss. Our incredible Lake Village Mayor JoAnne Bush is at :17. My daughter is at :48 (2 seconds of fame)! So proud and she didn’t even watch the water station volunteering video.
Did you see our new bridge? We love it!
From the Mississippi River Marathon Facebook page, I found the following facts:
- Half Marathon: 831 Runners
- Full Marathon: 433 Runners
- Runners from 40 States
- 344 runners (19.3%) were from within 60 miles of Greenville
- 922 runners (80.7%) were from outside Greenville
- 1st Place went to Wojciech Kopec 2:30:02.80
- 1st Place female went to Erica Singleton 3:24:24.75
Mark your calendars for next year! Let’s have the Kick Off Dinner in Lake Village.
Thank you Teach For America.
Did you run in the marathon? Are you one of those folks whose goal is to run a marathon in every state? What did you think of the marathon?