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Photos From GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon 2014

Photos From GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon 2014
 This was the first time I photographed the Philadelphia Marathon since I attended to cheer on my brother 5 years ago.
 The set up was amazing, lots of layers of security, good information on how the race is run. 
 
The Marathon starts off with the Elite Runners first, then they feed in a dozen corrals of runners holding 300++ runners each. Then they start off with the half marathon runners about 20 minutes later. And feed the racetrack the same way, that way all the runners are paced out and not on top of each other. In this video you hear Mayor Mike giving words of encouragement as he goes for the Guinness Book of Record’s for the most high fives.

 

 This is the orange corral getting into place, they would walk in unison from say near the Art Museum, to the starting line where I was standing. (No that women is not smoking a long cigarette, that is just the line in the road.)

 This is kinda fascinating. these volunteers are picking up the discarded sweatshirts of the runners at the starting line.

 They are put into the trashbags and then donated to homeless shelters, and underserved communities.
As for the runners other stuff, these UPS trucks were originally parked closer to the Art Museum Steps.

 It was there that the runners checked their bags in, which might contain warmer clothes, cell phone, and other essentials needed after the race. The UPS trucks then lined up here at the end of the finish line for the pick up of these items in alphabetized fashion per truck. (They thought of everything.)
I liked the clever signs.
Gore-Tex had a sign making area too.

Kiprono Kurgat, (l) won the 13.1-mile half marathon race with an
unofficial time of 1:03:58 greets the Etaferahu Temesgen, (r) who won first place by a women, with an unofficial time of 1:12:48.

 I missed the first man crossing the Marathon Finish Line as I realized I was on the wrong side of the street, where the half marathoner’s ran in. To cross the street I had to walk 2 blocks south at 20th Street, but I did catch the first women crossing the finish line  Leonora Petrina of Bayport, N.Y. with a time of 1:12:48.

 
 Runners get their medals at the finish line.

 They also take selfies.

 I love the people who can run a whole race holding an American Flag
 Or wearing a cowboy hat

 His lucky Mike Vick jersey.

 Never tutu much
 inspiration

 Puppy purse
  Leonora Petrina the women’s winner of the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon.
(I think he’s doing Movember too. (bottom right)
Gov Elect Tom Wolf, Mayor Nutter, Desiree Peterkin Bell (City Rep) and the women winners at top with the men at the bottom. 

 Look for me I’ll be in the blue wig!
 Or if you were a runner, look for me we will be wearing what looks like candy on my head
 Or perhaps we’ll have your head on sticks as you run by