Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Maratona di Roma!

Ahhh, the ultimate test of countless hours of training pounding the pavement mile after mile. The marathon. It's said that less than 1% of the world's population competes in and finishes the 26.2 miles that make up a marathon. And you can now add Token Dee to that very prestigious list.

He took on the Rome marathon, a route that took him all over Rome, passing by historical sites like Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum, the Vatican, and other famous monuments. If any of you know Token, you know he likes his history. So this was the perfect place for him to put the pedal to the medal (or in this case, the rubber to the cobblestone) and hit the road running.

But, before the race, there were preparations. There was standing in long port-a-john lines, which reeked of ickiness too gross to describe here (so much so that the guy to the left of Token wore a full on Haz Mat suit to protect himself from the grossness)...


...posing for pictures for overzealous fans...


... and smelling, touching and rubbing up against a bunch of strangers at the starting line.


But there was also this:

... running past the historic and breathtaking Colosseum...

... making friends with thousands of other crazies... I mean, running fanatics... :p


... your wife cheering you on (and getting choked up) while you cross the finish line... (Just press play, and watch until the very end. Token crosses and then is like, "now what?" It's funny.)



... taking a bite out of your golden official Roma maratona medal...


... and rewarding yourself with some much deserved Hard Rock Cafe food.


I'm so proud of you!! I love you, Token!!

(oh, and his official time was 4:51. Awesome!!!!!)

6 comments:

Nancy G said...

WOW!! You ROCK TOken!!! Good Job! Loved the little video crossing the finish line!! You are just so smart Tracie!!! I just love this blog!!

dadone said...

Token, well done!!!!!!, dadone

Tammie said...

That is so great! I can't believe Token ran that and at the finish line looked like he could just go and run another marathon. Awesome! Congrats Token!

I can't imagine how cool it must have been to run by all those amazing landmarks.

DanTerry said...

Pretty cool, Buddy. What a life, eh? Love ya, Dad

Tracie, you ROCK!! Thank you for sharing the insights, sounds, and pictures. Memories of Rome and a much younger Token came flooding in. You are an emotion tugger. Molto grazie, Bella Donna.

Mom Br said...

Wow, congrats to you Token! Yep, in the recording you look like your could just keep right on running! What a great experience!

Anonymous said...

Congrats... I am so jealous! I wanna visit Italy!
Crystal