|Ashuelot River along the course|
I was thrilled to take on the assignment. Since the event has been managed by our local Elm City Rotary Club it has expanded in inclusiveness and popularity. This year almost 300 ran the 26.2 mile course, but in addition to the full marathon, participation in the half marathon has increased. The DeMar has become a community-wide event with the “Super Senior” race for those over 70 years of age and kids races for children ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade.
The Course in Spring
I enjoyed the opportunity to shoot along the course last spring when the greens were just beginning to burst forth, but I was reminded of the fact that I had never shot the actual race. This year I got out to capture the excitement from a number of different locations. And I they even used one of my pictures of the stone bridge in Gilsum for the bib.
The Kids and The Super Seniors
|Kids and Super Seniors|
The Cemetery Run
The kid's starts were by far
the most fun, but, after they were on their way , I followed the suggestion of one of the organizers and headed off to catch the half marathoners as they ran through the lovely rolling landscape of the cemetery, around mile ten. It was a great day for running, cool and dry, and the light accentuated the early fall foliage. I’m sure that seeing a photographer ahead can change a runner’s attitude, but, after ten miles, the expressions had evolved from the excitement of the start to focused determination.
To the Finish
Next I had to work my way to the finish line. The DeMar’s last few hundred yards are along Keene State College’s beautifully green Apian Way and finally through the ubiquitous inflatable finish line arch. I was impressed that the organizers were able to identify most of the runners by name as the crowd cheered. Finishers were personally congratulated and awarded their medal. It all reinforced the DeMar’s reputation as a warm and comfortable “little” marathon.
|Main Street Banner|
Read more about the DeMar’s long history and tour the beautiful route in my first blog from this spring.