Sunday, April 21, 2013

#BostonStrong at the Oshkosh Half Marathon

Today was the Oshkosh Half Marathon, a race I've done in some capacity the last six years, whether it was running the 5K or running the half the last two years.

But today it was different. Instead of getting up before the sun rose to get ready to run, I woke up before sunrise to go into work for the day. Yup. Reporter duty called.

Midwest Sports Events, which organizes the race, was planning on special tribute in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Organizers reached out to all Wisconsin runners who ran Boston and invited them to come run Oshkosh. Somewhere between 20 and 30 showed up, many wearing their Boston Marathon finisher's jacket. Some ran the half. Some ran the 5K and some where just on hand for the ceremony. They spoke, a moment of silence was observed and finally all 2,700 runners joined in for the national anthem.

My job? Focus on the pre-race ceremony. This is what I came up with video-wise:

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