It’s been another wonderful week in Huntsville, beautiful sunsets but  quite the chill with temperatures dipping into the upper 20’s and low 30’s.

Saturday morning with the threat of potential freezing rain in the forecast, the 32nd Annual Rocket City Marathon was scheduled to kick off at 8 am in downtown Huntsville. Over the years this has been one event I have found somewhat difficult to get “up for” photographically speaking.  It is scheduled for an early morning after a pre holiday Friday night and historically speaking it is always cold.  Well this year proved to be no exception … I was reeling from a festive holiday night, and then the morning came way too early.

As I stood cameras in hand, waiting for the shot gun start, I could not help but think what would drive a large group of individuals to get up at the crack of dawn, subject themselves to a wet freezing cold morning and endure running 26.2 miles through the neighborhoods of Huntsville. There must be a few loose screws I speculated until I realized other than the 26.2 mile, here I stood early morning and in freezing temperatures. I felt a little bit of a kinship even if was a foggy freezing fanatic kind of connection.

At the precise moment, the gun shot went off, the multitudes of marathoners raced towards me and all I could think of was the lyrics from Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen …..
“Together we could break this trap, We’ll run till we drop,
baby well never go back. Will you walk with me out on the wire …..
Where we really want to go and we’ll walk in the sun,
But till then tramps like us, baby we were born to run!”

The electric start of the 2009 Rocket City Marathon …..

Rocket City Marathon

If you are looking for a last minute present for the holidays, take time to look back through my blog’s miss-adventures. The perfect holiday gift awaits you. 

Have a great week!
~ dK ~