Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010 New York City Marathon


The 2010 New York City ING Marathon was held on Sunday, November 7.  The mosaic above was made with photos I took last year as I stood on 4th Avenue and 26th Street in Brooklyn, New York.  It was so chilly at race time this year that my feet got cold and I didn't take my gloves off to take photos, I just cheered on as many runners as I could before giving up and going back home. Sometimes it takes a lot of endurance just to be a marathon observer!

There were over 45,000 runners in the competition this year, and I had hoped to see the Chilean miner Edison Pena, but unfortunately he didn't pass by while I was watching.  Pena was among 33 miners in Chili who were rescued last month after a cave-in trapped them nearly a half-mile underground for 69 days.  He spent hours running in the mine to keep his spirits up and to inspire the other miners to stay strong. 


Pena crossed the Central Park finish line at 3:24 p.m., with a time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds. He had knee pain, and had to walk much of the course, but he ultimately finished and met his goal of completing the 26.219 mile marathon course through the city's five boroughs in six hours.

This year's winners in all the different marathon divisions can be seen at this link.
Last year over $25 million was raised by the NYC Marathon for charity and that number is expected to be broken in the final tally after this year's race.

I'm adding this post to Mary of The Little Red House Mosaic Monday event. Thanks Mary!




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58 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

nice post Pat...i saw that merideth and al from the TODAY SHOW were running in it..i wonder how they did?

kary
xxx

GrandmaK said...

Wonderful mosaic!!! I cannot imagine how cold it was and still be a runner in the race!!! Wow! Have a great week! Cathy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They finished the race, Kary, in over 5 hours! Merideth actually beat Al by a few minutes :)

Denise@alloverroses said...

What a wonderful event! I saw on the news that the Chilean miner finished the race. That's so exciting! Your mosaic is wonderful!
Denise

Carol said...

Great idea for a mosaic! Have a good week!

Pondside said...

What an action-packed mosaic, Pat. Some of my family members run marathons but I just don't get it!

EG Wow said...

I admire you for cheering the runners on!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Great story. So glad the Chilean miner was able to finish the race!

Ebie said...

This is a very large crowd, and your mosaic is pretty!

Kudos for him! I watched him at David Letterman's show last week.

Mary said...

Yes, it was awfully cold this year, wasn't it? I'm in awe of anyone who even contemplates running in a marathon!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How inspirational, Pat! I loved seeing this. And your mosaic is gorgeous.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Snap said...

I was looking at photos today online about the marathon. Fun mosaic ... costumes, cold weather, action ... well done!!!

Dishesdone said...

Great post, Pat! I saw Edison on Letterman and he was so excited and happy and exuberant! What a race! Great shots for the mosaic! It was cold today, sunny but cold, good for you for cheering them on!

A Garden of Threads said...

Great mosaic. Full of color and action. Have a great week.

thestonerabbit said...

I can not imagine participating in such a great event!!! It would be so exciting!!! I did some some Elder Runners in your photos....do you think there's still hope for me? :-)

Have a great week. L, dana

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Yes Pat it must have been exciting. I saw the Chilien runner on the news. It was a goose bumps moment. Quite a big 2 days in Ky. this weekend too. Great post.
QMM

Mary said...

I'm chuckling at "it takes a lot of endurance just to be a marathon observer!" It was 50 degrees here today and that was cold for my Southern blood! If it's too cold for you, there's no hope for me to endure watching from the street :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Dana this year's oldest male marathon runner was 90! The oldest woman was in her 80's. God bless them!

Mary, I'm glad you recognized my humor :)

Custom Comforts said...

Great photos! You get to photograph the places and things we only hear about on the news. How lucky you are.
Cindy

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I am so impressed with these runners. I wouldn't make it a block.

Heather T. said...

I admire the ability to run a marathon and the determination that it takes just getting ready for one. I know many who run and absolutely live for it. These are great shots and well put together.

~A Vermont Girl

Heather T. said...

I admire the ability to run a marathon and the determination that it takes just getting ready for one. I know many who run and absolutely live for it. These are great shots and well put together.

~A Vermont Girl

Genie said...

I am so glad you featured the NYC Marathon and especially your shot of Pena. He is some gutsy man and one so full of fun and personality. He is a real inspiration to all of us. The entire mosaic is so colorful and interesting. My husband ran in a half marathon years ago, but all he does is walk quickly!!! LOL. GREAT POST. genie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Fantastic photos! I'm so glad you go where to so many interesting places and share your experiences! My sons have all run marathons and it is a long race...for everyone! It takes months of running to get ready, too! Hugs, sweet friend! ♥

Lana G! said...

Great Post! Inspires me for the week!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

So it was cold up there this year, Pat???? We've had a very cold weekend... Low temp on Fri was 26 and on Sat. was 25...... Brrrrrrrrrrr....

Glad you got to see some of the runners --but I don't blame you for not taking any pictures...

Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny said...

What great pictures of the marathon! I hope they had good weather tis year, I think they did!

ellen b. said...

Pat, that is so cool that you were there to watch this marathon. It was fun to see all the press that Pena received. Have a great week!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I had to laugh at your comment about needing endurance to be a marathon observer! Seriously, you are such a good marathon cheerleader.

Sarah said...

Brings back memories. Thanks for sharing your photos. ~ Sarah

Splendid Little Stars said...

great photo mosaic! very inspiring about Pena! so glad you posted this, because I had no idea.

Willow said...

Wow, that's exciting! I've watched the Los Angeles Marathon, and one year my husband rode his bike on the course while I walked the 5K part with a friend. Fun times!

Cheryl D. said...

What an inspiring story! I didn't know one of the Chilean Miners was running the marathon. How awesome is that?

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Congratulations to all those runners! That really is an accomplishment. I watched a bit of it on the news.
Wonderful mosaics and a fun post. I feel like I was standing right next to you. Thank you!

Old Kitty said...

Yay!! I love city Marathons!! I love the London one - I never ever want to participate but this year I got caught up in it on my way to work and the atmosphere was just so jolly and so nice and so happy!! But best was all those who came in costume raising funds for charities!!

So yay for marathons and brilliant to see Mr Pena join in!! You know you get very few global feelgood stories - very few!! And the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile was one of the most memorable!!! So good for Mr Pena!!!

Phew - I feel exhausted just looking at this amazing pics!! Take care
x

Y. Ikeda said...

Hi Pat,
Thank you for commenting on my blog. When I was in NYC, I remember that I've had hard time coming back home because the streets are closed for the Marathon! Then what I did was to watch and cheer runners up. Just like you did.
Great shots.

diane said...

I would say it would be warmer running than watching.It must be rewarding for those who do compete.

Gracie said...

The daughter of my MIL's neighbour was there, she's running the marathon for 5 years now (and in the meantime she gave birth to an adorable little girl). She and her husband are real fit and always running around....

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great photos Pat. What a great crowd. We had a step-niece-in-law (if there is such a word) competing. I wish we could have been there.
Sam

Jo said...

Great post,I watched on TV,wish I could run(walk) the NYC Marathon.Hey bloggie buddy,want to get ready,set,Goooooooo!hehehe
-Jo
-LazyonLoblolly

La said...

Great pics, Pat.

So many inspiring stories came out of that Chilean mine. Good for Pena for again showing his perseverance through difficult conditions.

Happy Monday! La

Kathleen said...

I walked during the marathon...back and forth to the kitchen to get tea, LOL.
They had good weather for it, a day later, it is not so good!
You are in my last post, but not in relation to products from you know where! :)

Riet said...

Hi Pat. Your pictures bring back memories. We were there 13 years ago as one of our sons ran the New York Marathon. I remember that day like it was yesterday as it rained all day . We walked for hours to see our son and his fiends run by and it was such a wonderful experience.
Thanks for the memories.

Together We Save said...

That is a wonderful post!! How awesome for him to want to run! Very impressive!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi...you sure can bake the bread in a cast iron dutch oven!!! let me know how you like it if you decide to try it!

Lovella ♥ said...

Pat. .it seems so surreal that you live right there. .how absolutely exciting. We watched the miner cross the finish line from the comfort of our couch. He is certainly a testament to overcoming a difficult situation and not only surviving but doing it singing his favorite songs.

Claudia said...

I love Pena running - what is more wonderful than that? I remember cheering in Central Park during the late 70's and early 80's and being a member of the New York Runner Club. Great memories. Great race and you captured it.

nanny said...

I am so proud the miner got to run...don't you know he felt so "free" as he was running...
Great mosaic!!

elsiee said...

just discovered your blog from a comment you left for splendid little start - nyc is my favorite place in the entire universe so I will definitely be back!

Sciarada said...

Buongiorno Pat, I think the marathon is an great initiative of the american tradition!

steviewren said...

I can never get over the sheer numbers of people there. I always think I live in a fairly large town (the biggest in this state) until I look at your photos.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pat, Sunday I was thinking about how difficult it would be to run in such cold weather because it is harder to breathe! I suppose it would be worse if the temp was in the 80's or 90's! I just visited your last pink post too. Your daughter was beautiful in that dress! I think pink is great, and it is a good color on me! Have a great day. Linda

Tracy said...

WOW... look at all those runners! Their strength and determination is much to be admired. So is Pena's story... Wow... It's been very cold here too, they're calling for sleety mix tomorrow...*sigh*... it's that time of year... LOL! Happy Week, Pat ((HUGS))

Donna said...

Wow, amazing photos....even though they are last years. My daughter was telling me about the race...great to see what it's like.

The Muse said...

honestly...my first thought was about the miner who ran!
great images and love the mosaic ~
so funny that over the years, the weather has been so different...
i prefer to run when it is a wee bit cool!

Irene said...

Great post. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Oliag said...

HaHa! I love your statement that it takes a lot of endurance to be a marathon observer:)

RNSANE said...

It is always so exciting to see these marathons and this year's was very special. I am sure Pena's participation brought tears to the eyes of many.

I think I'd have to watch, though, from a perch indoors somewhere if my tootsies were freezing ( wimp, I am ).