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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Toowoomba marathon

Notes from the Toowoomba marathon 6 October 2013.
travel out from Brisbane at 3am
still dark at registration
hundreds of runners, usq grounds
35 marathon, 16 3/4 marathon, 99 half-marathon, 125 10km
shivering cold but forecast temps to nudge 30degrees
at 3km in, runner says 'this is better than mowing'. 'I concur' said I.
but in the middle of third lap, I was conquered and thinking 'I'd rather be mowing'.
many first-time marathoners
one runner ran the Penrith marathon in nsw the day before. amazingly awesome!
consumed 32 cups of water and fluids all up from the four water stops
towards end of race- heat shimmer looking like pools of water
runner in distress from heat(?) at finish
No run is perfect, but everybody won.

the top females

many older runners doing great times
top 50 finish

other events in toowoomba that same day
cycling and vintage car show
runners win, feet down

after race, to picnic point for 20min nap under spreading gum trees
scenery and landscape looking brown
glamorgan vale
old fernvale bakery
mt glorious
home.