Indianapolis Marathon

Friday, November 2, 2013

Steve, Dolly, Fergie and I left around noon today heading for Indianapolis, Indiana in Steve’s car.  Tomorrow is the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon.  Steve is running the marathon, and Kristi and Nick are running the 5K run.  Kristi, Erin and Nick will join us at the Wingate Hotel on the west side of Indy later this evening.  They are coming later, after the kids get out of school.

On our way, we made a quick stop at Lowes in Champaign, IL so Steve can pick up a box of tiles.  He is having someone fix up his master bedroom bath with all new tile for the floors, walls and the bathroom walk-in shower and they didn’t have all he needed here in Bloomington.  Got that done and off to Indy.

A couple hour later and we were at the hotel.  Actually 3 hour because we lost an hour for time zone change.  There was a Sam’s Club right next door to the hotel which was great.  I have been wanting to get house batteries for the motor home and wanted to check out what kinds they had and how much.  As it turned out, they have Duracell golf cart batteries at a very reasonable price.  I may get those instead of the Advance batteries as mentioned in my previous post.  Evan and I are going to sit down next week and come up with a boondocking battery plan, so I won’t buy anything until we have a good plan put together.

Kristi and the kids got in around 8:30pm and we sat around and talked and then Kristi and the kids went down for a little swim and we called it an evening.

Saturday, November 3, 2013

We were all up and about by 6am getting ready to drive down town.  The race starts at 8am on the dot.  We found a great parking spot a couple of block from the start and we were off to the races.

Here is the race crew at the start line anxious to get started.1-011

There were thousands of people at the start line but it was a lot of fun and excitement was in the air.  Steve was off without a hitch and we would not be seeing him for about 3 hours and 15 minutes.  He has done this marathon six or seven times so he has it down to a science.1-012

Half hour later, Kristi and Nick were off for their 5K.  It would only be about a half hour for them so Dolly, Fergie and I headed off to the finish line which was only about a block away.

Kristi and Nick have a $5 bet on who comes in first.  We didn’t have to wait long before we saw Nick coming to the finish line and about two minutes later here comes Kristi dragging up the rear.1-001

Here is everybody waiting for Steve to finish up.1-008

Got a picture of Steve about a quarter mile from the finish line.1-003 Everybody is happy with their medals.

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After the race, we got out of town and headed up to Lebanon, Indiana to visit with my son Ben.  This town is about 20 miles north of Indy.  Ben is home alone today because his girlfriend, Margie’s daughter, Brie just had a baby the day before and was at the hospital.

Had a nice visit with Ben and dogs and cats and we made it home by 6pm.1-018 It was a fun couple of days!

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