A few more elite women came through in the next 5-10 minutes and then we heard another large cheer from the crowd and more motorcade vehicles. The elite men were about to come through!
Robert Cheruiyot from Kenya was the first to come through and there was no one in site behind him. He easily won and set a course record in 2:05:52, which is 4:48 pace!
After standing outside for 2.5 hours, we were pretty cold. I wanted to cheer for several people I knew running, including my brother's roommate from college (PR'ed with a 2:48!), another guy from Columbus who I know through mutual friends, and my best running partner ever from high school who ran a 3:25! I was hoping to stick around for some wave 2 runners to come through but like I said, we were getting cold and hungry so we headed back to our hotel.
We headed over the Charles River to walk around Harvard and meet up with a few of my old college roommates who live in Boston, one of whom ran the marathon through a charity (her first marathon).
It was another busy but fun day for us in Boston. The marathon was awesome to watch! It was neat to see it from a spectator's perspective since I've always been the participant. I can definitely see how people get motivated to run marathons after watching them. I absolutely cannot wait to run it next year. Even though it was hard to watch and hear about everyone having awesome times, I'm glad I didn't push through the pain just to run this year.
Todd and I still have a busy couple days as we go to the Sam Adams brewery today followed by the Red Sox game tonight and then walk the Freedom Trail tomorrow before heading home.