Wednesday night was the Christmas Lights Run in DC. Rebecca and I signed up a week or two ago, after finding out about this run. Sounded like a blast, so we figured why not. The run is definitely NOT considered a race. There are no timing chips, no closed off streets, and no watch using of any kind. Although I had my watch on, I resisted temptation to use it. The course was a nice scenic (especially at night) run around downtown DC, starting at Union Station, down past the Capitol and through the National Mall to the Washington Monument and up toward the White House, where we stopped to sing a few songs. After that, it was down Pennsylvania Ave and eventually over through Penn Quarter to finally end up at our destination: Union Pub bar. Below are some pictures I took along the way. Unfortunately, my battery died a few miles into the run, so I didn't get to capture all the fun moments along the way, like freaking random people out along the streets of DC, when a hoard of 500+ people dressed in red and singing Christmas carols comes streaking down the streets. For the most people, bystanders loved it. We stopped at the DC Courthouse for another round of singing and a few workers who were still in the building huddled around the window while we serenaded them. We also ran by a homeless shelter, where everyone passing through was wishing each other Merry Christmas. That was one of my favorite moments, because you could see the joy in their faces as we ran by. Anywho, below are some pictures.
Rebecca and I with our song lists ready to sing
Rebecca tying on her bells
Singing before starting the run
Running by the Capitol
Horse and buggy
Can't wait to do it again next year!
Important Update: As pointed out by Rebecca, I forgot to mention the REAL highlight of the run. While we were running in downtown DC on the sidewalks, there were quite a few obstacles along the way. Trees, cement blockades, bicycles, people...and feared most of all: PARKING METERS. You see, while we were running, Rebecca glanced back for a second and ran smack into a parking meter, chest first! It was a classic move that I'm sure a lot of other people did last night. Look for a future post from Rebecca with pictures on the bruising of her...ummm...chest (just kidding).