Re: "Marathon was 'quite a party,'" the Now, Oct 1.
I want to say a huge thank you to all of the people who made the Surrey International World Music Marathon happen on Sept. 29. Events like this are a huge undertaking and are only possible with a large number of volunteers.
This was my first half marathon and I have to say thank you to everyone for their support for the runners - everyone from the people at the water stations, to the flaggers, police officers, musicians and the people in their homes waving at us as we ran.
Particularly, thank you to the families, young and old, who came out in the rain to cheer for the "Random Stranger." It was heartwarming.
The music miles are such a fantastic motivator. My face hurt from smiling. The musicians were amazing keeping us going in the rain and wind.
One black mark for me was the minivan driver who was clearly very irate at having to wait to cross the route - and despite instructions from the flagger, raced through the line of runners.
It was an incident which could have had a nasty result but didn't. It made me realize that we all need to take a deep breath from time to time and relax.
I don't know who the flagger was at the intersection but you handled the rude driver with grace, even though I'm sure you were upset. A special thank you for keeping the runners safe.
Three cheers for the marathon.
Patrick Fowler, Port Coquitlam
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