It’s becoming a trend–I get super lazy over the weekends and I don’t post anything. Don’t judge me…especially since I wasn’t lazy on Saturday because I woke up at 6:15am to go to the Steamboat Classic…7:00am start time, folks. For those who don’t know, the Steamboat race in Peoria is known as the world’s fastest 4 mile race and Illinois’ toughest 15k. I was granted some VIP access to the Gateway Building for primo picture taking before the race. I’d like to give a HUGE shout out to Maggi for offering that up to me…check out her blog here: http://lifewithoutane.wordpress.com/.
So lets get to the race and those pictures.
After the race started, I just kicked it up in the Gateway building chatting with Steamboat committee members and the few others up there–including Central Illinois very own Tim Broe’s mom! (Matt, I mentioned your man crush on Tim to his mom :)) Anyway, about 17 minutes later we spotted the lead runners coming back down Hamilton (actually we saw the 2 lead cars and their flashing lights) which warned me to turn my camera back on.
1st-Kevin Chelimo @ 18:02
3rd-MacDonard Ondara @ 18:08
1st Female-Diane Nukuri Johnson @ 20:41
7th Female-Nikki Domico @ 23:54 (she’s my old neighbor!)
58/9th-Jeffrey Camp & Adam White @ 23:57 (my gurus from Running Central!)
Maggi Wettstein @ 28:21 (my “in” with Steamboat)
Jim Rustman @ 40:13 (favorite friend’s husband)
Jess Rustman and Ellie Doyle @ 40:36 (favorite girls)
Allison SU @ 1:34:53 who beat her dad, Dave, who came in @ 1:34:54 😉
(I got those times off Steamboat’s official website, if you were curious)
Phew!! So anyway, little did I know that where I was hanging out taking pictures was also the place that the elite runners keep all their stuff–that meant celebrity photo op post race!
And here are other random race photos..Starting with an interview with the winning female.
And once Allison crossed the finish line, it was my cue to head home and go back to bed.
Although I was tired, going to watch the Steamboat race was so fun. It was motivational, really…there is this running cult, I mean culture that I would love to be a part of. Maybe I should head back to Running Central and actually buy shoes this time?
And today I have the day off–I wonder what I’ll do? Whatever it is, you’ll find out tomorrow! See ya!
Psst! Watching the race was free, but if you signed up late to run, it would cost you $35.