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.
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?
And then there are all those pesky apple cores to deal with…
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! :)