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ING Miami Full & Half Marathon 2010 Photos : Pictures : Images

ING Miami half and full marathon 2010 took place over the weekend.Some interesting stories of everyday heros who finished the race were posted on miami herald.

My favorite inspiring story was this one.

Halfway through the marathon, FIU student Andy Wu, 19, took off the shoes from his aching feet and handed them to a friend. To soften the impact on his bare feet, he ran on the yellow stripe in the middle of the road. “I actually ran better because it helped my posture,” said Wu, who finished in 4:30. “But running over the bridge and gravel really hurt.”

I Loved the never say die spirit!

For photos from ING Miami marathon check out Flickr page of Ariany Wilson Photography

Chevron Houston Marathon 2010 Photos : Images : Pictures

The last runner to cross the finish line at the 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon was Diane Kassab (56) her finish time was 6 hours, 1 minute and 5 seconds.

When asked by houston chronicle why she took so long to complete the race, this was her reply

It was fun. The spirit is tremendous,” said Kassab, of Houston. “I danced to every band. That was probably my mistake.

Another interesting observation was that the former US president George H. W. Bush was at Mile 19 to give all runners a hand shake. I think that was brilliant of him.

I tried to find photos from houston marathon 2010 and I found them at Flickr, see all pictures at stratblues page.

Oprah Winfrey Marathon Time : Marine Corps Marathon

“I want to beat Oprah!” That is the goal of many runners. Oprah Winfrey finished 1994 Marine Corps marathon in a time of 4 hrs,  29 mins, 15 Secs.

If Frank Shorter inspired the first (1970s) running boom across US, Oprah Winfrey inspired the second, by running the Marine Corps Marathon. If Oprah could run a marathon, shame on anyone who couldn’t.

How Oprah ruined the Marathon.

While race directors across US were happy to welcome the new generation of runners or is it marathon walkers, the hard core runners were not happy. Edward Mccleland writing for salon.com thinks :-

America’s competitive spirit has been wrecked by feel-good amateurs like Oprah whose only goal is to stagger across the finish line.

I totally agree with him! The marathon is a race, the goal should be to finish it and to finish as fast as you can.

Read the fantastic salon article here