Saturday, August 20, 2011, Madison, Wisconsin Early wake-up and arrival at the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Weather is cool, perfect for a the Madison Mini-Marathon, half marathon race.
From a participant's perspective, the race was very well run. The communication about the delay and new start time was excellent. The course and all the little "extras" made it a very enjoyable morning. Click here to see the map of the course.
11:30 A.M. A series of images made after the race while enjoying the ambiance of the famous Memorial Union Terrace.
|6:55 A.M. Fascinating glove shoes in the starting corral. The national anthem, runners are ready. Pause, pause...race delayed due to weather. Time to close the course.|
|7:10 A.M. Back in the Tripp Commons to wait out the thunderstorm cell with the Milwaukee Brewer's Sausage Race characters.|
|8:25 A.M. Officials announce start of 8:30, so back to the starting coral, still raining hard.|
|8:30 A.M. The 2011 Madison Mini-Marathon begins.|
Below is a short time-lapse video of the course that was created and shared by the race organizers.
|Lots of Brewers and Packers fans in this "neck of the woods."|
|The music of the Mighty Short Bus was a wonderful addition to the post-race party on the terrace.|
|Lake Mendota from the Memorial Union terrace.|
|Six sailboats ready for the beautiful day.|
|A very nice student, stopped and took a group, iPhone photo before the ride home to Chicago.|