5 consecutive weeks marathoning – hey, didn’t I already finish my 50 State Quest last May?  Healthy addiction 🙂   Takes the mind off health issues/negative thoughts, provides daily goals – proving I can still marathon, even thru chemo.

After family invited [me] to join their Disney World vacation, I did what all Marathon Maniacs do: Calendar-checked for a nearby marathon.  AND as luck would have, YES – the Orlando Marathon, a Veterans Day run in Winter Park.

Jetted work 2 hours early.  Friday nite flight, Florida arrival just before midnight.  Hotel, rental car, 5 hours shut-eye.  Bib check-in at American Legion Post 112, an hour before race start.  Post Commander gave a rousing speech about the importance of Veterans Day & serving our country.  Hats off for the National Anthem.  Air horn start…2 laps on Cady Way Trail.

Flat neighborhood trek, not super scenic – but ALL proceeds (100%) support War Veterans.  Course not a BQ qualifier either…who cares, right?  27 miles – that’s .8 [miles] too much folks.  Guess what’s another mile, bigger bang for your buck.  LOL>

Miles 8 & 9 (21 & 22) looped a local shopping mall…bit odd.  Weather however stayed fair.  Sure it topped 80 degrees…but running in Florida, could’ve been far worse.  Dropped pace on my 2nd lap – higher temps & lack of water – but stayed focused on the Finish.

Orlando Marathon

 

Bib #      Name           Time
254      Haga, K R     5:05:48

 

Keenan – You just finished your 76th marathon, what are you going to do next?  I’m going to Disney World!!  Yep, that’s exactly what I did.  Ok, showered first but then, Disney-shuttled to MGM Studios.  But that’s a story for another day 🙂

 

 

Thursday nite pre-race activity – Jersey Boys, my first in Denver’s Buell Theatre.  Orchestra, Row C – FAAANNNTASTIC!

 

Orlando Marathon (Veterans Day start)

 

 

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