The Cleveland Half Marathon was my first big race. This year, it will be the first time I've ever been there without entering the event. Again, the Cleveland Half Marathon will by my first big race--as a dedicated spectator.
Yes, it's true I watched the Akron Marathon while Martini ran it one year, but that was before I was much of a runner. And I simply watched from outside my apartment, down at a neighbor's watch party. This will be a whole new experience.
changes to the race course have been finalized, and I've assembled my preliminary "fan plan" to cheer on the Enthusiast as she runs her first half marathon. While she runs 13.1 miles, I'll be sprinting from location to location so I can give her little energy boosts throughout the race.
However, as a first-timer, I may need some advice. Where do you racers like to see your fans? I'm aiming to see the Enthusiast start, at the halfway mark, near the end and at the finish. For me, the crowd carries me through the early miles, but it starts to get really tough from the halfway point onward. Hence, my plan.
What say you? Is that enough to keep a half marathon virgin upbeat?