Storyville Runs the Streets

February 16, 2009 by Gabriel Harvey

Yesterday, I had the great privilege to run the Austin Marathon , a delightful little 26.2 mile jaunt up, down and around the hills and streets of beautiful Austin, Texas.  4024 other runners and I completed the race, while 7188 runners finished the Austin Half Marathon.  A group of 100 of our brave American soldiers at Fenty Base in Afghanistan even competed in a "remote" Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, running the same distance on the same day, but on the other side of the globe.

The race course went right down The Drag for miles 24 and 25, just in front of our door here on Guadalupe Street, so Sabina Palermo , Evelyn Ward , and Rebekah Harvey decked out in Storyville Athletics shirts stood out front to cheer and hand out little cups of delicous gummy bears to the nutritionally deprived runners (Gummy bears are the perfect marathon food, by the way).  We were also joined by the band Satisfied Drive , who set up in front of the shop to give the runners a bit of musical motivation.

I finished at about 4 hours and 31 minutes, crushing my previous Austin Marathon record of about 2 days (or thereabouts).  I would very much like to thank all the volunteers and the folks in Austin who made the race possible and enjoyable and especially the taxi driver who gave me a ride from the finish line and I would like to urge anyone who is interested in running a marathon to do it in Austin -- I'll see you at the starting line in 2010.

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