This is how my husband and kids saw me as we watched our third City to Surf Race.My five year old took this photo.
And this is exactly as I saw them most of the morning...
The previous two years we were able to walk about two blocks from our house to our special spot and watch the runners go by. This year we drove and for fear of being trampled, stayed about an hour longer than our four year old could really handle. Fortunately my children did not expire before I was able to get some photos and video of the event.
People running. People running wearing bunny oufits and superhero costumes, and shirts with messages on them. 70,000 people ran this year, and once again the metal band played upon the balcony of The Golden Sheaf Hotel. The crowd is jamming out and cheering on the runners... and walkers... and people wearing neon leg warmers.
Here's a taste of City to Surf 2009 as seen from the sidelines:
The first pack of people running through with a police escort.
For my four year old it's all about the runners dressed up as superheroes.
This is my favorite photo. Wait, let me translate for the Aussies, this is my favourite photo.
The band at the Golden Sheaf Hotel (did you know "hotel" means "bar" in Australia?).
What ever floats your boats girlfriends.
I'd bet $100 this is what my sister would have worn.
Is that Fidel Castro?
A better perspective of the scene.
The five year old following in my footsteps.
And the day would have been even more pleasant had our four year old not been on teetering between complete meltdown and inappropriate silliness. Times like this make me glad we were surrounded by strangers, but still we bribed him with food.
Banana bread being shoved into cranky, whiny mouth. And don't they all look so ready to leave?
When the runners finally trickled to an end, and we no longer feared being trampled, we headed back to the car. Where we parked there was the cutest little old mailbox, how could I pass this by without putting a cute four year old next to it and snapping away?
See you next year City to Surf. Maybe we'll actually be participants?
Oh wait-- there's one more thing....
How is it possible that this shot randomly showed up on my camera-- not a photo I remember taking at all...
Correct me if I'm mistaken, but this shirt looks like it probably says Delray Beach-- which is close to my hometown and a city I actually lived in for a while. Crazy, crazy I tell ya.