Yes, That Was Me with Cowbell at the Asheville City Marathon

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Yes, That Was Me with Cowbell at the Asheville City Marathon

As the hubs and I were leaving the house Saturday morning to cheer on our good friend Dan, who was running the Asheville Marathon, I remembered I had kept all of my Chicago Marathon goodies in the basement.  Within a few minutes I had signs, cowbells and noise makers.  Holla!

Suddenly spectating a marathon got a LOT more fun.

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I hope Dan liked the pink glittery sign . Smile  I left the one that said, “RUN! Wunder Woman!,” at home.

The race started super early in the morning, and I actually had to work in the early morning, so we missed the start of the race.  But we made a plan to catch Dan around mile 25 and at the finish line.  We arrived and got our props ready.

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Those green things make a lot of noise.  Perfect for someone who can’t yell very much (I didn’t want to trigger any more voice problems!)

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We got downtown a little quicker than planned and the faster runners were still passing by us!  It was so inspirational to see the look on people’s faces as they were getting so close to finishing a marathon.  We started cheering for all the runners.  I was having so much fun getting runners to smile as they passed us.

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“You’re looking great!” 

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“Stay strong and get that medal!” 

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“You are almost done!”

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The best part was the race bib’s were personalized so you could see everyone’s name.  You could give each runner some personal encouragement.  I remembered how awesome it was to hear the cheering at the Chicago Marathon, so we tried to do our little part to keep the race interesting.  I know first hand just how tough mile 25 of the marathon can be! 

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Dan wasn’t able to train as much as he would have liked and it was his FIRST marathon so he wasn’t sure how long it would take him to finish so we had to keep watching for him.

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AND! There he is!! 

He was struggling a bit (understandably!) so I gave all my stuff to the hubby and decided to run along with him up the hill and see if he needed anything.  I told him he was doing awesome and it was almost over.  If he kept going he would most likely finish in less than 4:30! 

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After a quick run with Dan, I broke off the path and the hubs and I sprinted to the finish line along some of the back roads. 

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Mental note: Keds are cute, but not good for running.

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I shot a few more images along the way.

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We caught back up with Dan just before the finish line and he was doing AMAZING!  What a finish!

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He even had enough energy to give a high five.

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Dan pulled it off with a bib time of just under 4:30. What a running rockstar!

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Dan regrouped with his Brother-in-law Joel, who also ran the race and his family.  Joel finished shortly before Dan and also ran a great race.  Both talked about how the hills were BRUTAL!  I don’t know how they pulled it off.

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The finish area had all of the usual suspects like a food tent and massage table.  Since it’s Asheville, there were also some fun and unique goodies like the El Kimchi food truck and Highland Brewing beer. 

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I can’t imagine drinking after a marathon, but there were plenty of folks who loved the idea.  Asheville is Beer City USA after all!

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And at the runners request we got a big table at Wicked Weed Brewing and “refueled” after a morning of fun.

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It was so cool to be a part of one of Asheville’s 2013 marathons.  Before this year the city did not host any full marathons and now we have two!  The Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore Estate and the Asheville City Marathon.

I am so proud of Dan for staying with it for the whole 26.2 miles and finishing his first marathon. 

Congrats also to Joel & blog reader Dan Steadman for finishing the race!

If you can’t RUN a marathon, I highly recommend spectating one.  The runners need support and you can have just as much fun cheering them on.  We had an awesome day and got to share the joy of finishing a marathon.





By | 2017-08-15T14:04:29-04:00 October 2nd, 2013|Asheville / WNC Living, Fitness, Marathon Training, Races, Running|14 Comments


  1. Walter Wright February 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    You are awesome =) !

  2. Cheryl Papay October 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Dan is lucky to have a friend like you. You are a great inspiration

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cheryl. That is so nice of you to say.

  3. Cheryl Papay October 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Dan is so lucky to have a friend like you! You are an inspiration.

  4. Dan Steadman October 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for being there after being put through the ringer for 25 miles…it was what I needed to push on to 26.2…it was a great race weekend. In college I had a friend on the women’s team that I cheered on in each race and pushed her in the last quarter of a mile, it was a great experience to push someone in who was going to do about the same in your moment. This weekend’s Asheville City was my first marathon and let me tell ya no matter the distance, Asheville knows how to put on a race and a post race party…people ask me why twice a year I drive over an hour to race in Asheville (once in January and now twice in September) I tell them for the atmosphere and the after race party…now I am searching Spartanburg for Virgil Root Beer…that’s some good stuff had post marathon in Asheville..

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      No problem Dan! It really was fun! Those hills are tough.
      I’m so glad you love Asheville races!

  5. [email protected] October 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Awesome post! He had a pretty big smile for all the pain he was in. 🙂

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      He did!!! He toughed it out!

  6. Walter Wright October 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing =)

    • JulieWunder October 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Jaime October 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    SUCH fun! I think spectating at a marathon would be far more fun than running it. 🙂 I ran the marathon at Biltmore. My fifth and last marathon. I wish I could have run the half this past weekend, but was out of town. Looks like it was a great race weekend, though!

    • JulieWunder October 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      haha… yeah… much less prep time and no pain!

  8. gary brown October 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    i always enjoy your blogs and comments on fb very informative thanks GOD bless

    • JulieWunder October 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      God bless you too!

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