We LOVE marathon. And the triathlon. And all the numerous other huge and wonderful sporting events Mazatlán hosts. We live right in the middle of it all. Most the events start and end in the City Park, right behind our house, and take place along the malecón, right in front of our house. They bring huge numbers of people to town, athletes plus their families from all over the country and internationally. Mouseover any photo to see a caption; click on it to view it larger or see a slideshow.
Today’s marathon, however, was different. Greg decided he’d run the 10k, and our niece, Arely, has been working since January to be able to run the 5k. And they did it! My most hearty congratulations to both of them! They will be in partying mood this evening for the fireworks display on the bay (10+ launching locations, starts at 8 pm).
I am always so impressed by the competitors in wheelchairs as well as those on crutches! This year, I also noticed lots of children running with their parents or aunts and uncles. I’m guessing in previous years I’ve watched the marathon runners come in, so this year with the 5 and 10k, I naturally saw more children. Some people love to dress up. This year there was a guy who’d made an Eagle costume out of trash. He ran with the whole get-up on, dragging trash behind him, with signs on his wings, in order to raise awareness of ecological responsibility. Bravo!
Despite the crowds during these huge international events, Mazatlán remains a small city, and it’s fun to hug and get hugged by friends who are also competing.
Congratulations, Greg and Arely! Congratulations to everyone who competed this morning! What a great group of healthy people! Tonight will be fantastic, and the half- and full marathons tomorrow even better! ¡Viva Mazatlán, home of the athletes and their fans!
Below I post a very short video compilation of the morning.