Spotted at the marathon

One of the nice things about the marathon is that they close all the streets around our house to make it safe for the runners.  There aren’t a lot of places where I can just let Isla run in Beirut, so this was a nice treat.  Or at least in theory.  Apparently if you have enough wasta, you can drive anywhere, including right up the middle of the road where the “Run with Mom” race is taking place.

One in a mini-convoy of black cars with dark windows. Seriously, I had to grab Isla’s hand to pull her out of the way!  (Sorry for the blurry picture! :))

There was this guy too.  He didn’t have the dark windows and special license plate, but he must have had some sort of connection…

Last year, they handed out Snickers to all the runners in the 10K.  That actually worked out great for Isla, because as we were standing on the sidelines watching for Caleb to run by, several runners tossed her their candy bars.  (Hmmm… maybe that’s why she was so excited for the race this  year?! :))

This year, they handed out apples.  Again, great idea in theory.  Much more healthy than a candy bar.  But have you ever seen someone try to run the last few kilometers of a 10K while eating an apple?

Technically by this point in the race, most people were walking rather than running. But still.

And then there are all those pesky apple cores to deal with…

The number of apples that actually made it into the trash can is quite impressive for the streets of Beirut, although we did see even more tossed to the side of the road.

And then there is the running attire.  While most were dressed in neon sneakers and some sort of rain gear, this is Beirut after all – probably the best dressed city I have ever lived in.

Always keeping it classy, Beirut!  :)

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