Story-line by Trudy A. Martinez
Here is what Don had to say about the Marathon race:
I have to admit – it feels good to have dropped 30 pounds these last six months by running and better diet. Less weight – no white beard – people don’t think I’m 60+ anymore [I am only 46]. It had been 10 years since I last ran an organized race – which was [the] LA Marathon back in Mar 1997 [26.2 miles] . . . I only took up jogging again last May to lose weight.” Vegas Marathon Story“My Time for [the] 13.1 mile . . . [race] . . . in low 30 degree temps [was]: 1 hour 56 min 33 sec . . . my time is on page 13 of 83. Not bad for old man. My goal was to break 2 hours . . . 9 mile a minute pace . . . ended up with 8.54 pace. . . Now – the goal is to NOT to gain 30 pounds again! Hard to do when you are naturally lazy like me!” Don Blanton
There are pictures at the Marathon web site.However, GramaTrudy personally likes the family style photos; they tell a more interesting story. You know how they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And what is there to deny when the story is told in living color!
And I am not too old after all. Those women chased me to the end.
photographer: Charity BlantonNevertheless, truth be told, there was this one . . . who just would not give in . . . So like a gentleman, I let the lady go first. And as you can see . . . She’s a foot ahead of me when she hits the line!
[Note: The photo story line was told by Don’s mother-in-law aka: Grama Trudy. Since she was not able to attend the race herself, she drew her own conclusions from the photos that were presented to her for viewing – Trudy A. Martinez]