More Seattle

6/26

Marathon Races and Lifestyles

Jeanne and I went downtown today to see the runners come in at the end of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Here is an excerpt from their site:

SEATTLE ā€“ Under ideal conditions on Saturday morning more than 27,000 runners from all 50 states and 23 countries ran from Tukwila to Seattle for the second annual Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Seattle Marathon & Ā½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society.

With a fully-loaded elite field running the half marathon, it was Jynocel Basweti of Kenya who broke away from the lead pack at the 35K mark in the marathon to claim victory in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 19 seconds. Basweti, who finished fourth here last year, claimed his fourth marathon in 2010 on Saturday.

So when we pulled up about three blocks past the finish line and saw these contestants walking up First Avenue, we were puzzled.

Not your typical marathon runners
Not your typical marathon runners
We realized the zippier runners had come in much earlier. But these guys, many of whom were obese and/or over 65, had walked 26K and they had smiles on their faces a mile wide.
Zippy runners

Zippy runners

There are a lot of homeless people on First Avenue. We talked to these three young people and their dogs for quite a while. The two young women had “Entropy” tatooed on their hands. They even knew what it meant. The girl in the picture below had the vocabulary of a college grad. She said she was 20 years old and had been on the street since she was 13.

Street girl and her dog
Street girl and her dog
Strange, wonderful girl

Strange, wonderful girl

The
From Seattle
From Seattle

This young woman is originally from Seattle and her mom lives here. The two girls and the guy below want to buy a used van and travel to the east coast with their dogs.

Dude

Dude

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The Union Gospel Mission on First Avenue has been there for as long as I can remember. Here is a group of homeless men watching the race participants come in.

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Later, we went shoppping at H&M, a fashionable store in University Village.

Cute teenagers trying on hats at H&M

Cute teenagers trying on hats at H&M

We spotted Tyler Pendleton at work at Fry’s Electronics the next day in this fabulous suit from H&M.

The well-dressed Tyler P. at work at Fry's in his H&M suit.

The well-dressed Tyler P. at work at Fry's in his H&M suit.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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One Response to More Seattle

  1. Jane says:

    I love these street kids they look so original so expressive in their fashion. Just looking at them makes me want to go back to San Francisco, hang out at the Filmore West theater watch bands like the three dog night cost $5. and with that you got a apple at the door shot up with LSD. Boy those were the days. Of course I was only 12 years old thought I had the world on a string. I would sneak out my bedroom window stick out my thumb and catch a ride hopefully in the same car for the 60 mile trip. Everyone at the FW called me tiny dancer the ballerina. I would dance around the theater all night long. Police tried to take me out of there one night, but the crowd blocked their way so they released me out of fear they were grossly out numbered. Then there was Woodstock…..gee’s what a trip. Far out man.

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