I woke up at 5:30 this morning as Umoja had a drumming gig at the Rochester Marathon.
We had to be there at 7:30 so I had to be ready by 6:30. Fortunately, Karen did the chores and I was able to catch a shower.
My friend Jackie drove in with me.
There was a bump out on the O'Rorke bridge, which was 5 miles from the starting line...
and that's where we were placed. There were 8 of us and we dressed for the very chilly weather...probably in the 50s.
The marathon started at 7:30 and we saw the first runners before 8.
Jackie, Zak and Marcia.
What a crew.
Let me tell you, drumming for 4 hours straight takes some effort. We were finished at 12:15.
The man in the photo below stopped to play a drum and I could not get my camera out in time.
Almost everyone thanked us as they ran by, and some of them were quite animated.
Zak (who I've known since he was a child...his Mom boarded a horse and pony here) is the real leader of our group and so talented.
Jackie and I went to Pelican's Nest for lunch and we got home a little after two. I was SO TIRED.
It was a great experience and really made a difference to the runners.
Some ran a half marathon, others did the whole thing. Can't imagine doing this.