kudos to the georgia marathon.

fans cheering at the ing georgia marathon

fans cheering at the ing georgia marathon

i ran the georgia marathon for the second time in it’s three year history this weekend. i missed 2008 with a foot injury. i’ll put a full race report up on my personal blog at some point this week, but i wanted to take this space to say kudos to the organizers and the citizens of atlanta for a great marathon experience.

maybe i am biased because o set a new personal record in the race, but everything was spectacular. modifications to the course to include candler park and georgia tech were great and the water stop problem from 2007 was non-existent this year. in fact, since the water stops were outsourced to various sponsors and charities, they were actually a ton of fun.

the neighborhoods did a great job too in their official cheering zones, with poncey-highlands and candler park getting special mention for dressing up supporters in costumes and providing live music.

moving the finish to centennial olympic park was so much better than on peacthree street in front of underground too. turning the corner off of marietta and finishing in the park was just a spectacular moment.

and then there were the people like the ones above who turned out to cheer. these two obviously weren’t cheering for anyone in particular; they had just made some signs and turned out. over and over all over the course this was repeated. in druid hills people put speakers out in their yards and blasted music for us.

the city of atlanta is great, this was a great marathon and we are getting closer and closer to turning out a world class crowd for a world class marathon.

kudos to everyone who put this on and everyone that turned out to cheer. you have my deepest thanks.

6 Comments so far

  1. anon on April 1st, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

    Love the sign, who is that guy???

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on April 2nd, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    no idea. i saw him when i was running and was really glad that my sister managed to snap a pic of him.

    maybe one of out readers knows?

  3. sgtsk on April 2nd, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Forget the dude–who’s the piece of a** to his right?

  4. matthewkrivanek on April 2nd, 2009 @ 11:31 am

    ha, just got emailed the link. i’m the guy with the sign. the lady to my right is my g/f. we were both supposed to run but due to injuries were unable to… she and i we had a great time cheering. kudos to all who ran!


  5. james hervey (jeherv) on April 2nd, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    cool matt.

    thanks so much for coming out anyway and cheering. everybody loved the signs….

  6. arc of time » Blog Archive » a perfect run. or georgia marathon take two. or how i became a four times marathoner. (pingback) on April 6th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

    […] can’t rave enough about the course. i already posted about it over on the metblog, but great job ga marathon. everything was outstanding, course, water stops, crowd […]

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