Beth Deel patrolled the downtown race route in an electric car.^
Bruce Bryan and Stephanie Koehler (background acting goofy) worked with John Carlin to make certain everybody who finished had his name announced.^
I hadn't intended to photograph the Blue Ridge Marathon today, but I wound up downtown just as runners started coming into the finish area and danged if I didn't get caught up in the excitement. Just happened to have my trusty Nikon with me and, ignoring the possibility of getting a ticket in a 30-minute parking zone, I stood and waited for my pal Rex Bowman to show up (see next post).
Meanwhile, quite a bit was going on and it was fun being there. Here's some of what I saw. (I did not take a photo of the tall bearded guy who handed me a printed sheet declaring his interest in peace. He got mad at me when I said, "I believe in peace, but if I take this from you it'll wind up in the landfill and I'll be polluting." He said, "Can you just read it." I said, "I don't have time." I thought he was going to deck me.)