NH State Park Bloggers at the Boston Marathon

You’d think that that if you were told “blue shirt, black shorts” and you found prime real-estate on top of the section of the course affectionately called Heartbreak Hill you could spot your teammates with no problem as they jaunt by. What about your co-worker who you see every day who resembles Clark Kent who would be running with Lois Lane (who in this situation has super powers too)? Wouldn’t you think that you could find them too? Well with over 20,000 marathon runners, Kate and I discovered that it is not as easy as you think.

We must have asked each other, “Is that Grant? Is that Doug?” about a million times.

Grant, Doug, and Mary must have been in disguise

Or hiding somewhere

We cheered anyways! (even though people were staring at us funny)

Even though we failed miserably at our goal of cheering on our fellow NH State Park Bloggers, just being around an event as legendary as this and seeing professional runners stride by you at the 22 mile mark on a 90 degree day as if they have been training on Venus for this moment all winter long, was a phenomenal experience. The energy, the support, the admiration, the compassion, the sounds from cow bells and vuvuzelas, and the cheers from the Boston College students who have been preparing for this moment since they woke up or the night before, altogether is enough to jump start anyone’s motivation and adrenaline.

Kate and I beat all the runners to the finish line, even with flip flops on, and eventually found one of our NH State Park Bloggers.

But the real finish line is when you have a foamy Sam Adams 26.2 in front of you. Deserving after all that hard work that we did!

Congratulations NH State Park Bloggers for an amazing Boston Marathon 2012 run!

Doug Hall 3:46:26
Grant Klene (aka Clark Kent) 3:37:41
and Mary Garrity (aka Lois Lane) 3:37:41

Join our NH State Park Bloggers Reach the Beach Team 2012 group on Facebook.



Who in their right mind would sign up for a 200 mile race? That’s what the Reach the Beach Race relay organizers asked the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation when they generously offered the Division a relay team. Twelve crazy runners jumped at the opportunity. We may not be in the right mind, but we are always in the adventure mind! Our team name is the NH State Park Bloggers which means that we have blogging to do. We will keep you up-to-date with pictures and video using our new GoPro camera on our training progress throughout the summer and into the fall. We all agreed that we should use this opportunity to create awareness for a serious problem facing outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country; New Hampshire especially and that is Lyme Disease. We will do as much as we can throughout the summer to promote awareness, safety, prevention, and to work with Lyme Disease foundations to learn what more can do to make our woods safer.

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