The Marine Corp Marathon
I normally share software development-related posts here on our blog – which makes sense given that DCG is a software development consulting firm. However, this week, I wanted to share something a little different about what I did this weekend. I hope you enjoy a glimpse of my life beyond the workplace!
On Sunday I participated in the Marine Corp Marathon 10K road race. It is an annual event held in Washington D.C. that attracts thousands of runners from all over the country. Every year I make the trip to D.C., accompanied by my sister-in-law, and we meet up with friends of ours –making this both a running and social event.
If you have ever been to a major running event like this one you know that the race day atmosphere is charged with excitement. There are literally several thousand runners and spectators milling about near the starting line. People are standing in long lines waiting to use the port-a-potties one last time. There is also the checking of shoelaces, last minutes sips of water, stretching and stripping down to running shorts and tops.
The sounds are many as announcements are constantly being made over the PA system; you can overhear the nervous chatter and giggling as runners anxiously await the starting gun. And then there are the occasional shouts from people seeing friends across the way. It is a constant din of noise in an electrifying atmosphere.
The highlight for me this year however was not the race itself but what transpired just before the race began. As customary, minutes before the gun was scheduled to go off to start the race, the singing of our national anthem could be heard over the loud speakers. As I looked around I noticed how quiet it had suddenly become. People were all facing the flag and standing still and silent with hands over their hearts. Here we all were in the nation’s capital, initially gathering as individuals, now collectively sharing a brief moment to pay respect and to show gratitude for our country and the freedom we enjoy. It was a very moving experience.
P.S. – It is equally dramatic at the end of the race as you cross the finish line you are greeted by a Marine who puts a medal around your neck and salutes you. And you in turn can shake his or her hand and say thank you for all that they do.
Vice President, Software Performance Management