LA Marathon 2010 with Dave & Daveypops

Sunday, March 21, 2010

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Congrats Dave on finishing the Los Angeles Marathon!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Team Dave with the Daveypop

My friend Dave finished the LA Marathon! After months and months of careful preparation, today was The Day for Team Dave

We had friends and family at:
Mile 7 (Mary the Food Librarian, Helen, Alison)
Mile 12 (Rod and Kris)
Mile 15 (Marilyn & Eric)
Mile 20 (Chris N, Rod & Kris)
Mile 22 (Mary the Food Librarian, Helen, Alison)
Finish Line (Rod and Kris)

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Team Dave Members: Alison and Helen. We started the race at Mile 7 in Silverlake on Sunset Blvd. (This photo from our Brentwood stop)

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
We met this lovely family who were the first to hold our extra DaveyPops. The high school student (pink hair) has friends running in the race...we hope to see her next year!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
My first shot of Dave approaching us at Mile 7! (That's Helen reaching out to give him a big hug). Alison excels at playing "Where's Waldo/Dave?" as she spotted him. It was crazy crowded and amazing. Seeing 25,000 runners pass by was incredible.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
This woman was a fantastic new supporter. She works nearby and screamed, shouted and cheered all participants and gave Dave a big hug when we saw him.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
More strangers who greeted Dave with our Daveypop! They found their friend in the race and we screamed for Dino! The sense of community was awesome.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
This group of Angelinos were sooooo enthusiastic for Dave! It was awesome and I know Dave really appreciated the support.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
After seeing a literal sea of runners go by, it is FANTASTIC to find your friend. Fantastic!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
We passed Marathon street on our way to Mile 7. How perfect is that?!

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There were some interesting costumes in the race!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
After Mile 7, we hopped into the car and zipped off to Mile 22 outside the VA in Brentwood. Here is our view from the freeway. Traffic wasn't bad and we were very lucky to find parking in both places.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
We positioned ourselves outside Whole Foods in Brentwood. These nice people held up the Daveypop for almost any hour! What nice strangers. Los Angeles, you rock!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Our friend Phil is recovering from knee surgery so he ran the last half of the marathon. He stopped by for a sip of juice!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Alison was able to spot Dave and Phil all three times! Dave was also on the look out for us, I mean, HIMSELF on these Daveypops. Here's Dave approaching Mile 22 in Brentwood.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
More sweet Los Angeles strangers rooting on my friend!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
He just ran over 21 miles and looks great! Dave said he never hit the wall and was so happy with his running and yoga preparation.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Omg. How cute is this couple! They were so excited to see Dave, and the woman kept her Daveypop as a souvenir!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
This is me, the Food Librarian and Helen. I'm shy.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Team Dave toasting Dave & Phil on their accomplishment! (And yes, that is HP sauce on the counter...we were doing a taste test).

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Ain't it pretty?! Dave finished in 4:16.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Team Dave decorated the lawn with Daveypops after the race. After Dave passed us and rejoin the race, a woman behind him said, "Oh, You're Dave" as I'm sure she saw Team Dave and our Daveypops along the route! :)

I can't tell you how exciting it was to see Dave in the sea of runners. We were filled with adrenalin and joy. Helen, Alison and I spent half the day shouting, "How great is this?!?!"

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
And would you believe, Dave and Phil hosted a BBQ after the race! We were treated to yummy chicken, veggies, potatoes au gratin, and lots of laughs. I brought a California strawberry shortcake and Thin Mint Cupcakes to the BBQ (yes, I only use seasonal ingredients...including Thin Mints). I'll post the recipes later.

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Team Dave and Dave himself

Thank You Los Angeles Marathon organizers, volunteers, and weather for a wonderful day! I love Los Anglees and we don't have too many times when the community comes together, but today was a great day for LA. The new course is fantastic...a landmark every mile.

Dave and Phil: Great Job! Dave and I have been friends for over 20 years...you are a rock star, and I'm lucky to be your friend!

Check out Dave's Blog for more photos from Team Dave stops and follow his journey!
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18 comments:

Sumi said... [Reply to comment]

Great pics Mary - looks like a great day! I signed up for the Chicago Marathon so come to Chicago with me in October!

Chetelodicofare said... [Reply to comment]

Hi team, Nice of you to support your friend. I was the obnoxious barefoot supporter/yeller/barker telling everyone 6 more minutes and then 3 miles downhill (in front of Whole Foods on San Vicente). Liked your posters. Keep cheering on.

Beth said... [Reply to comment]

Mary--I really enjoyed this post. I live along the route for the Baltimore marathon, and every year we go out and cheer along the runners. We're at mile 13 (which I understand to be a tough spot) and people always seem so happy to see us. It was great to see your team effort to support your friend Dave.

Tracey said... [Reply to comment]

What a blast! Congratulations to your friend Dave :) My husband ran a half marathon yesterday in preparation for his first marathon in May.

Susan C said... [Reply to comment]

What a great day! And that strawberry shortcake isn't bad either.

Congratulations, Dave!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

That so awesome, Mary! I totally missed the marathon this year, my brother & cousin didn't join this time. Those Daveypops are a great idea, a sure way for you guys to spot each other & your post made me feel proud living in L.A.
Awaiting your recipe for your thin mints cupcake, my fave girl scout cookie.
Oh and I'm sure Dave also feels lucky to have a friend like you.

Nikkilooch said... [Reply to comment]

Yay for Dave! And yay for BBQs.

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Will you make MaryPops for me if I run the half again in the fall? :) That is such a great post. Congrats to Dave. I think I would run 26 miles for a thin mint cupcake.

Patty said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations on finishing the marathon! Your victory celebration looks delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Mary:

The great guy who was opposite us at Whole Foods posted a comment - that's so great!

Arkelanor said... [Reply to comment]

Hey, Food Lib, I'm the wife of the loud guy in front of you and I used one of your pics in my blog because I was in it (http://undrowning.blogspot.com). Check it out and make sure it's ok Loved what you did and wished someone had done for me when I ran my marathon. Very inspiring!

BettyCupcakes said... [Reply to comment]

I totally loved reading this entry- yay for Dave!

kerrie elaine said... [Reply to comment]

Hi sweet Food Librarian,

Quite a little fan of yours. I made your lemon sponge pie the other day, and o-my-my-my...it was extravagant & tasty!

Thank you...xoxoxo

Kerrie Elaine

mike said... [Reply to comment]

I can imagine what an LA marathon is like (FUN)! I ran Portland, OR's marathon and thought THAT was filled with supporters. What an accomplishment for Dave - congrats!!! How nice of you to be there for him!

thepastrykook said... [Reply to comment]

your cupcakes look so inviting! and the davepops are just so cute. hahaa

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

For the first time in many moons, I wasn't landlocked because of the marathon, but totally bummed to miss seeing the runners and supporters. What a blast - thanks for sharing Mary!

Anna M. said... [Reply to comment]

wow! amazing! Congratulations to your friends for finishing the marathon!! And hello they definitely deserve those delicious treats!

lyndsay said... [Reply to comment]

ohmigosh!!! this is so sweet!!! my cousin ran a half-marathon last year and we had a celebratory brunch for her... this year i am attempting to run a half marathon too, and we're going to have a mayjah food party after... love the "dave masks", what a wonderful group of friends dave has...!

the strawberry shortcake looks mental too...!! yum!

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