This past Sunday I helped out at the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon. I was part of the finish line team and we handed out medals to 30,000 people who ran in the events. The Houston marathon consists of 3 different races. There's a 5K race, a half marathon race and the full marathon. Below are some pictures I took of the event, you can click to enlarge the images.
Here is the medal for the full marathon finishers:
Here is a picture of runners finishing up the 5K race:
Here is a picture of the finish line where we distribute the medals:
Picture of a couple of ladies finishing up the full marathon. Notice the person who ran as Big Bird in the background:
Picture of the half marathon finishers:
The finish line is very emotional and very hard on some people, a big Thank You to the medical staff:
This runner had amazing six pack abs. I'm hoping this picture inspires me to get fit in 2012:
This is the back of the finish line, you can see Minute Maid park in the background where the Houston Astros play. The back of the finish line is where runners take pictures with their medals:
There you have it a few pictures of the Houston marathon finish line. I pay a lot of attention to details and found some pointless facts for you:
Most popular running shoes: ASICS, nearly every runner was wearing this brand of shoes. The next most popular brands I noticed were NIKE and MIZUNO.
Most popular music player: Nearly every runner I saw had Apple's iPod. It was amazing to see every color, size and shape of the popular mp3 player. Of course that meant most of runners had the white ear buds.
Most popular GPS: Most of the runners I noticed had a GPS watch on their wrist. The most common brand I saw was GARMIN. I think is standard equipment if you love running.
Most popular sunglasses: Oakley Flak Jacket. This is the model I talked about in my Wants post last week. I was amazed to see the majority of runners wearing the same model of sunglasses. Both men and women wore them in every different color combination you can think of. Here is a picture of Mr. HS sporting his own pair in white:
There you have it, a quick recap of the 2012 Houston Marathon. I will probably help out again at the finish line next year but the finish line was very emotional. There were a lot of tears from the runners and it made me want to cry with them. There's also a lot of stuff I don't want to talk about. A lot of physical stuff that happens when you run 26 miles. It was great to be there and be a part of event. My favorite part of the event was putting the medals on the runners.
Have you ever ran a marathon?