View of the resort from the conference middle.

We stayed at a special resort this yr – the Marriott Marquis, which is a bit of over two years previous.  It is proper throughout from the George R. Brown conference middle, the place the expo is held and likewise the place the finisher space is, so it is tremendous handy.  It was very nice – the foyer was mild and open and the rooms had been fairly massive; beds and bedding had been snug, they usually had a BaByliss hair dryer within the lavatory and now I need one.  Apparently there IS a distinction between my cheapo Conair and the Babyliss – who knew?  After all, all of that niceness comes with a value; we bought a particular charge by reserving by means of the race web site however with taxes and the parking price, we paid $302 – yikes!  This was additionally why we solely stayed one night time; whereas we had been ready for the bills of this weekend, we’re not moneybags, in order that was it for us.

The resort is thought for its rooftop Texas-shaped lazy river – it is on the sixth flooring and is seen from the elevator space on each flooring above it.  This is the view from the 23rd flooring:

Now that is one superior lazy river!

Sadly, it was freezing chilly the weekend we had been there, which was nice for the runners however not nice for going within the pool.  Jeff ventured down and laid in a cabana for about an hour on Saturday afternoon however the winds had been gusting over 25 mph and he could not take the chilly so he got here again inside.

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Jeff ended up with a variety of race footage by way of Marathonfoto, so I ended up shopping for the digital obtain for the lot.  This is a few of our favorites:

Throughout the race.
Operating underneath one of many photograph ops on the course.
This was within the final mile of the race – there was a sequence of those pictures and it was cool as a result of Jeff and Cary had been in sync with their steps.
End line!  It is arduous to get a good shot on the end line of huge races as a result of normally there are a variety of different runners within the image.  Cary, Jeff, and Brian.  The clock end time is from when the race started at 7:01 am; their end time was 5:47 – the distinction is how lengthy it took their corral to cross the beginning line.
 
Nice shot proper after they’d been medaled!
 
Cary and Jeff – FIRST TIME MARATHONERS!
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After the race, I gave Jeff a gift – a medal hanger only for this medal:
If you work so arduous for therefore lengthy for this, the medal deserves a spot within the highlight!
Now I simply must print up among the marathon footage to hold subsequent to the medal and his WALL OF ACHIEVEMENT will look actually candy.

…and that is a wrap on Houston!



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