MILE 10 & 23 in BALBOA PARK

San Diego, CA. — I’m no Victah Sailer (PhotoRun), but even my jaundiced eye and shaky hand couldn’t miss the energy swirling around Balboa Park yesterday at the combined 23 & 10 mile marks during the Suja Rock `n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon.

We arrived early then waited as the leaders and followers came galloping by with just 5 Km left in their respective journeys.  It’s whole different experience than my normal view from the TV booth or lead press vehicle.

Setting up with Toya, Rick & Marla Nelson (and pooches)
Setting up with Toya, Rick & Marla Nelson (and their nosy pooches)

 

 

 

CGI senior Veep Tracy Sundlun leads the charge
CGI senior Veep Tracy Sundlun leads the charge

 

Kenya's Geoffrey Bundi trying to break Ethiopia's Solomon Dekissa at base of final hill
Kenya’s Geoffrey Bundi trying to break Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa at base of final hill in the Half Marathon

 

Bundi won't break and went on to win 60:10 to 60:26
Deksisa hangs tough

 

Bundi begins his drive to the top
Deksisa begins his drive to the top (finally prevailing 60:10 to 60:26)

 

Mammoth TC's Gabe Proctor (eventual 9th - 61:39) presses Kenya's Cybrian Kotut (7th - 1:01:38) with USA's Shadrack Biwott coming strong ( 6th - 1:01:24)
Mammoth TC’s Gabe Proctor (eventual 9th – 61:39) presses Kenya’s Cybrian Kotut (7th – 61:38) with USA’s Shadrack Biwott about to pounce ( 6th – 611:24)

 

Ryan Hall shows grit in 13th place (1:02:51)
Ryan Hall shows grit in 13th place (62:51)

 

Hall gut churning effort
Ryan Hall’s gut churning effort

 

Ethiopia's Birhane Dibaba takes the measure of 3X Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya - 69"34 -- 69:37
Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba takes the measure of 3X Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya – 69″34 — 69:37

 

Former Villanova standout and top local coach Kevin McCarey roots friends home
Former Villanova standout and top local coach Kevin McCarey roots friends home

 

All the way from Japan pal Wataru Ogushi
All the way from Japan pal Wataru Ogushi

 

Toya & Marla relentlessly supportive
Toya & Marla relentlessly supportive (well, at least Marla)

 

Taking the Turn into Balboa Park
Taking the Turn into Balboa Park

 

Sharing the experience
Friendly competition

 

Blue Man
Blue Man

 

Green Compression
Green Compression

 

Another old friend Robert Dennis of Newton Shoes
Another old friend Robert Dennis of Newton Shoes

 

Weary Suja Warriors
Weary Suja Warriors

 

Dribbler
Dribbler

 

The Red Brigade
The Red Brigade

 

Blinded by the Light
Blinded by the Light

 

Marla's marathon cheering
Marla’s marathon cheering for SDTC

 

Waiting for Dad
Waiting for Dad

 

Another lovely day in Balboa Park
Another lovely day in Balboa Park comes to a long-shadowed end

 

 

 

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One thought on “MILE 10 & 23 in BALBOA PARK

  1. Dare I say you could give Victah a run for his money…pun intended I suppose. Nice pics, Toni. Wish I could have made it down to watch but I had another commitment. Hope to get together with you and Toya for lunch or dinner soon.

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