In our state there is a HUUUGGGE (really, no lie) road race that occurs every year on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. It is a five mile race through the center of one of our towns. 15,000 people register, a couple thousand more run without registering, and thousands come to watch. There are many serious runners there that come from around the world and then there are the less serious runners who come from within the US or our area of New England. And lastly there are...the weirdos. The people who come to run (or walk...stroll...) a 5 mile race in absolutely ludicrous costumes. There were Christmas trees, Turkic, santas, gorillas, super heroes, food items, and far far far too many men in hula skirts/loin clothes/bras/speedoes/you name it, and lots and lots of spandex. It is quite the spread of people.
It has been a long time since my family has attended the road race, but this year we thought it would be nice to get out butts out into the cold and participate in one of the biggest events our (kind of boring)state has. My dad's law office happens to be on one of the streets the race occurs on so we went there, took all the fancy chairs out of his conference room, and hauled them across the street onto the median where we sat to watch the race. Simenesh was very excited to go and support a famous Ethiopian runner (and I wish I could spell her name)- she even climbed up into a tree and waved a flag- and the rest of us were excited to just have fun watching people make their way down the main streets of the town wearing all sorts of funnery. I was mostly along for the great photography opportunity! And my, I had fun. I will put some of the pictures here, but for the full effect go and check out my flickr page!
See, lots of fun, right? Even more fun up on my flickr! More pictures to come of family, food, and whatnot! Stay tuned!
***check out my previous post on continuing in a spirit of thankfulness. I would still love for some of you guys to join in with me!