(The tall pointy thing in the background is the Air Force Memorial, and this shot was taken from the front of the Pentagon as the Blackhawks flew over.)
Since it was really hard to see the starting line, Kate and I jumped on the Metro to meet Jon later on in the race. We settled in a spot along Independence Ave, just behind the Air and Space Museum (after a quick stop at Starbucks). Kate was such a trooper! We scanned the crowd for Daddy but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. My eyes got buggy trying to find him and not miss him. We thought we were out of luck when I heard Jon's voice and shot this as he raced past:
Wahoo!! Please don't ask me to duplicate that picture--I couldn't do it again in a thousand years. Here's a look up Independence Ave, toward the Capitol, just before Kate and I headed back to the finish line:
It's hard to see, but all those little colorful bumps in the distance are runners. They said about 26,000 people signed up to run today. Whew! We met Jon at the garment check (the finish line was incredibly packed and I probably would have lost myself trying to find Jon) and he was very happy with his time. He ran the 1o miles in a little less than 1 1/2 hrs. Jon received a really neat coin for finishing the race, and now has another bib to add to the collection of races run. We walked around for a bit, enjoying the hubub and after-race food, then headed back home. I think this final picture says it all about the success of the day. Great job, Daddy!