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Sparkpeople at the Flying Pig Afterparty!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Unfortunately, nobody showed else up for the 12:30 PM photo op at the booth, but we got to meet SHEENADEE and CALIDREAMER76 anyway.

Also got a neat reaction to the the Sparkpeople t-shirt:
Random Stranger - "Oh, I love your shirt! I love Sparkpeople!"
Me - "They're here this year, the booth is right up there" (points)
Random Stranger - "Really?! Oh AWESOME!"

So look at that, I'm still spreading the Spark, even if I'm mostly reduced to smoldering embers these days.

That was...painful.
Not especially helpful.


Cheering on the stragglers when we headed up to the Finish Line afterwards? Seeing some of our fellow Bob Roncker's team mates from last year, who recognized us as we started cheering, squealed and came by and gave us hi-fives? Same with some of the coaches from last year - called us by name as they were escorting in this years walkers? Seeing weary faces turn to smiles as we cheered them on, with the bus bearing down on their heels?

Totally worth it.

Best. Marathon. Outfit. EVAR!

We stayed (in the rain) until the last person came in with the bus behind them (see pictures below), at 2:20 PM.

The REAL winners are those that finished, despite all the odds against them.
They are ALL heroes!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BIGBROTHER323 6/23/2013 7:56PM

    congrats! I was there for the 10k the day before! I loved all the cheerers! Made my day!

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MOTIVATED-ME 5/18/2013 3:45AM

    You finished a marathon!!!

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CALIDREAMER76 5/12/2013 9:39PM

    Someone did take some pictures, not sure who it was though. Debbie - you are an example of what sparkpeople is about - you are supportive,encouraging and you keep on setting and meeting goals! That's what it's all about!

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BOBBYD31 5/12/2013 6:57PM

    it was great that you stayed till the end to cheer them on. once anne finished we headed to spark booth the back to the hotel, we had to pack up and get on the road because i had to work that night. JASR is the last weekend in march if you are interested

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LYNNANN43 5/7/2013 6:19PM

    Just couldn't wait for the 12:30 pic. I was freezing and was a drowned rat after the race. Just had to get a LONG, HOT shower!

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DDHEART 5/7/2013 9:32AM

    Sometimes I think we sparkle most when we spark for's hard...we would like to be sparkling for ourselves at all times...but that cannot always, I couldn't be there physically at all and that is also a disappointment.

Spark On!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/6/2013 11:31AM

    **HUGS** I know how hard it was for you to go and show the team spirit this year. Sorry no one else showed for the photo op. I hate when I'm the only one that shows for something too.

WOOHOO! You've still got the Spark going (even if it is just a small glow right now). I know the people who were the last ones across really appreciated your spirit and willingness to give them the encouragement to continue on. It is always nice to have someone there to acknowledge what you've accomplished.

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    thanks for sharing! it makes me even more motivated to run my first half marathon this fall :)

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ACIMPEGGY 5/5/2013 11:16PM

    Great photos! Great time! Wish I'd been there.

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ZANNACHAN 5/5/2013 10:39PM

    I'm sorry for the parts that were hard, but I love that you were still inspired--and in term inspiring--by/to the runners in the race. You are right, they are the victors, the winners.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/5/2013 9:28PM

    Thanks for sharing. Wish i had been there ... I was working ...

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NORWOODGIRL 5/5/2013 9:09PM

    Glad you were there Sparkling! Well done!

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WOLFKITTY 5/5/2013 8:24PM


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MONETRUBY 5/5/2013 8:19PM

    Great stuff!

Looking forward to some more updates from ya. I miss you!

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SHEENADEE 5/5/2013 7:12PM

    Great job staying to cheer the last of the Marathoners!

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CINDHOLM 5/5/2013 6:40PM

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EVERLEARNING 5/5/2013 6:27PM

Yay, EU!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/5/2013 6:04PM

    I love SHEENADEE and CALIDREAMER76. I met SHEENADEE just last year but CALIDREAMER76 is one of the first Sparkers I met at JASR in 2010. She is a great inspiration for me.

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ROBB1N 5/5/2013 6:03PM

    Sounds like it was a good time.

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