After last weekend's Newport marathon, Brad did another one on back to back weekends in St. Louis, Missouri, completing #20. The 50 marathons in 50 states quest is a great way to see the country, including places I wouldn't necessarily have gone to, including Bismarck, North Dakota. I'd never been to St. Louis, and it was especially fun to be there when they're playing the world series, although we were glad the games were in Texas so we didn't have to deal with the crowds.
Brad ran #20 with Matt Shobe, who also ran the Huntsville, Alabama Rocket City Marathon with him in December 2008 for Brad's 14th marathon. In addition to being amazing (crazy?!) to run two marathons in two weekends, Brad's official time of 4:51:26 was considerably faster in the second weekend.
Some St.Louis photos:
The banner for the marathon, partially obscuring our view of the arch from the Ballpark Hilton:
Runners from my window on the 19th floor:
Matt and Brad after the race, looking pretty lively:
Brad's next planned marathon is in Philadelphia in November, and will be the first one that I'm not there to sherpa for. After 20 finishes, I figure he can manage without me?!?