Point of no return
Anticipating a finish time of 3:45, I push my way into Wave 2. I had hoped to be in front, but the starting area was already packed when I got here
Half and full marathoners are starting together, so this is a big crowd
20,000 participants are expected to run and walk
The first wave is underway at exactly 7am
There is no turning back now!
The race staff leads our wave into position. My second marathon is about to begin!
Eric is just a few steps from completing his second marathon (Photo by Nan Iwasaki)
Eric is pleased to have exceeded his goal of 3:45....or perhaps is just happy that it's over! (Photo by Nan Iwasaki)
Mom is very proud of all of his accomplishments...he looks proud too!!! (Photo by Nan Iwasaki)
Finishers medal. Though I finished a marathon before, I did not run the whole thing...a fact which, in my mind, diminished the accomplishment. At Long Beach, I finished on my terms. Now I can proudly say I am a marathoner!