After qualifying for the 119th Boston Marathon in April, I’m not sure too many other races could find their way onto my sister’s radar. But Meghan made her last race before the world’s most famous marathon count. By 6:15am, we were up and on our way just across the bridge to New Jersey for the Trenton Half Marathon.
Though temperatures barely reached the freezing mark, there was little wind and plenty of sun (and my trusty Eagles beanie) — perfect running weather. The race began and ended at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Yankees affiliate Trenton Thunder. (Yes, I know, sometimes it’s really painful living in the Northeast, in an area split nearly equally between New York and Philadelphia teams.)
After a 20-minute delay and a revolutionary-era drum corp playing the national anthem on the banks of the river where Washington crossed on Christmas Day, the runners were off. The route took them into Pennsylvania and back into Jersey, over the famous Trenton Makes, the World Takes bridge, past the NJ capitol building, and through the city’s historic district. After watching them for a bit, we grabbed coffee and headed back to the stadium to watch all the runners “score” as they ran through the stadium and touched home plate at the finish line.
Sissy finished ahead of pace and excited to be one race closer to Boston. Go, Sissy!