Monday, April 20, 2009

THE BOSTON MARATHON!!

Ladies and Gentleman, hammies and kitties, We are now officially opening our summer Boston tours beginning with THE BOSTON MARATHON!!!! which took place today.Sit back and enjoy the tour!!!!!!! Now the city over the last 3 or 4 days has swollen in size due to the hundreds of thousands of people who came for the marathon, and you can hear all kinds of languages being spoken!!! It is held on Patriots day( a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord,the first battles of the Revolutionary War. We did have a bit of role in that) The whole city has an electric feel to it.....because it is the marathon of all marathons... the one to run in.... the only course of its kind....THE..............It is a pretty grueling course with the hardest part being a section called Heartbreak Hill which is actually a series of hills that the runner hits after running downhill for a long time and then BLAM....has all these hills to go up at the end.......







We are only about 2 miles from the finish line..........that is when people are getting very very tired and we have to really cheer them on.....
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The thing we love about the race is that of course we love to see the world runners ( they finish in about 2 seconds because they look like gazelles) but that there are people running to raise money for causes, and people who run for family members who are sick.There is a Dad who pushes his son in a wheel chair.His son has cerebral palsy and they have been running the race for 28 years and the son is now 47 years old and his Dad 68 It is the most touching thing to see( PL2 always cries...) It is people who have a personal goal..... It is people in their 80's....It is everyday people .....it is a collection of people from all over the world getting along...it is wonderful.....
There are drink stations all along the route so the runners don't get dehydrated.....



Not only are there a gazillion people from all over the world running but all their families watch as well( we took this for Sophie in case she knew anyone)







OH LOOK AT THIS KID!! He is an Italian Spumoni (really Spinone)named Luigi...PL2 has been dying to see one.He was the sweetest kid ever and was loving the race and cheering everyone on. He also said he has a blog so we are going to have to try to find it....






One mile more.....crowds are getting really thick.........



Now look closely at the next picture....do you see lights on?




There, can you see them now?????? Any ideas???



Here is a clue( and we know Joey will get it....)

Can't figure it out?? It is the lights on at FENWAY PARK!!!! Every year on the day of the race the Red Sox have an early morning game that lets out RIGHT WHEN THE BIGGEST CROWDS ARE COMING THROUGH( and are only about 1/2 mile from the finish line) SO THEY CAN CHEER THEM ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Here are the crowds beginning to pour out of the park........












Ahhhhhhhhh our beloved Fenway Park( this ones for you Fenway!!!!)










That is the back of the Green Monster ( Monstah)which is a big green wall at the back of the field...... and is very famous to baseball aficionados..... Lots of balls are hit over that wall...Kids stand here when a game is going on with their baseball gloves hoping to catch a ball hit over the monstah.........

(" way back ,way back., it's outta here...... A HOME RUN OVER THE WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


And Big Popi(one of our favorite players) had a good game today( that was for Big Pupi)



This is a good way to watch!!




What a great day.............And so ends our first summer(well really spring) tour....Agatha is just soaking her paws after running the marathon while I think up the next training event for her....( part of my training program.........for her E!!!!!)



30 comments:

Mango said...

We totally missed the marathon cause momma was at work, but we knew it was happening. Glad you (or at least your PL's) got to see it.

There is one of the spinone dogs at dog school. He belongs to the teacher and is kind of a bully, but not in a bad way.

Kisses,
Dexter

Lorenza said...

Hi, Agatha and Archie!
Sure it was a pawesome day in Boston!
That doggie is sooo cute!
Did you find his blog?
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, we're exhausted just looking at the pictures. What great pix, though.

We think we need a collective nap to recover from all that exertion. Even if we weren't the ones running the race.

Gus said...

Ah..wonderful. We think Teka would be a great marathon runner. However, no one else in the family is interested in training with her. Wanna take her on as a client?

gussie

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

Wow--we are so impressed with those runners! Mommee is running a half-marathon in 2 weeks, but it is nothing like this one! What a fun day!

wuv,
Gus and Waldo

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Hey A and A
What a great day! Mom went to the marathon without me. She was in Wellesley at the 13 mile marker. She's going to do her post later.

Ags you should rest after that fabby day. I hear someone maybe interested in a massage????

Norwood

Asta said...

Huwwah The most pwestigious mawathon
and Agatha is wunning init..I have such famouwesetestfwiends..
It must have been quite a sight and a celebwation, and loads of fun...Theweis a spinonat ouw wun, but he doesn't galumph much anymowe..I always think of ice cweam when
i see him thoug. I miss you gous and am so faw behin..don
t fowget me
smoochie kisses
ASTa

TwoSpecialWires said...

Wowee oh wowee we've gotta come back and read this again and look closely at all the pictures! Maybe we'll see someone we know!

Let us know if you find Luigi (is that his name... our brains are mushy from the weekend!)

Thanks for stopping by. We saved some cake for you, but we ate it tonight. Oops.

(Aren't you on twitter?)

Jake and Fergi :)) the party-pups

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh my, I am exhausted just reading about this marathon!

My neighbours here are owned by the Italian doggy like the one in your post, she is called Angel, and is very pretty.

Sorry I have been away from the blogs, but catching up now my Jeannie has returned.

Your marathon looked such good fun!

lotsaluv, Marvin xxxxxxxxx

oh and Jeannie xxxxx

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Thanks for the tour. It sure looks like an exciting time to be in Boston. That Italian Spinone is a nice looking fellow.
Smooches,BabyRD & Hootie

Sally said...

Wow, D's knees were aching just from looking at the pictures. It does seem like a great day though. All that running must mean you can eat loads - that is the part I like.

That Spinone looks cute - don't want my D getting any ideas though...

Lots of licks
Sally and Paddy

Mango said...

Sorry your PL2 hurt her back. I know it makes the peoples frustrated when that happens. Hope she is better soon.

Slobbers,
Mango

Eric said...

What a fab tour Twinnie and Step! What a great day. When your paws are recovered could you do a tour on the T to your house so I can get familiar with the route?Hehe!

I was looking at everybloggie and everydoggie - biggified the photies but NOOOOOOOOO sign of my Toffee n TM???? Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhh. I'm dog ablog sobbing.

Rest up and take it easy. PL2 as well- she hurt her back? I read Mango's comment.SEnding healing licks and lovies. ERic xxxxxxx

Noah the Airedale said...

Hey Aggie & Archie,
Wow what a race. I reckon the best part was seeing that Spinone dog hehe. He looks really cute.
That is a pawesome story about the dad who pushes his son in the wheelchair. D would sob seeing that too.

Thanks for sharing the pics of your great day.

tailwags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Niamh said...

Glad to hear that you have started up your tour guiding duties again. Looks like it was a great day at the marathon. Get some rest.

Your friend,
Niamh

tula said...

Hi A & A,

We luv cheering/wrooing the BM too! -- saw a banana running, batman, some furry old princess ladees, but missed Agatha striding by. She must have been in the lead pack, huh! Archie's training was helpful? particularly the chin exercises? he he

Look furward to more of your Boston tours.

toodles,
tula

peesess: i'll peemail u with info about my massage therapist if you like.

the 4 Bs said...

that Boston marathon is very interesting. we would love to be there to cheer on the runners too. we don't think we would run though - too hard on those delicate pads of ours, right, Agatha?

that spumone dog is really cute.

woofs.

Joe Stains said...

I have such a dilemma because I am a BOSTON terrier, yet the sight of Fenway gets my hair standing up and I want to bark bark bark. Anyway, thanks for the pawesome tour. I can't imagine running all that way, but I'd be good at cheering them all on.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what a great time was had by all. Fenway Park now that is something..
We would be napping after all that excitement too..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Hero said...

Thanks for that fascinating tour! I really want to run a marathon now after reading your post. Too bad we don't have anything like that on my island.

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee A + A....

We heard about the super Dad who pushes his son's wheelchair in marathons....what a special person he is....great pictures of Boston and the Marathon.....after bein' absent fer a few years, the Pittsburgh Marathon is comin' back this year....we hope everyone has a good run on a cool day...these hills are murder....

Dewey Dewster here....

Amber-Mae said...

Heya guys! Ooooh looked like a run marathon. Did Agatha really join in the run too? Man, she must be real exhausted after that. You had a cute new friend there! Would love to mee him too. Hope you'll be able to find his blog.

Smoochies,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maggie and Mitch said...

Mom says that it would be a BLAST to see the Boston Marathon in person and Fenway Park too!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Caz and Ludo the cool dude said...

That is some marathon, no wonder you needed to soak your paws.
We have the london marathon coming up, we watch it on the telly though.
Love the gorgeous dog in the photo.

Ludo the cool dude.

Hector and Lola said...

Hi A & A! Wow!!! That sounds like a busy, yet FUN day! GO SOX! -Hec and Lola

Kess And Her Mama said...

I love the people stories behind the marathon. The human spirit thrives.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Agatha...good heavens...hmm...runnin' that far? You better trot immeditately to the spa for a pedi...your paws are gonna be so rough and scally that you might give Hootie an abrasion if you accidently kick him...(Scruffy told me to say that...)

Oh summer...AND...for some odd reason the Pirates aren't losin' every game...maybe this will be the year we break 500....

Those pix of the marathon were totally fabbers...thanks for sharing....

There spreading mulch here today and Mumsie's sick with a cold and I think she's gonna kill us cuz we keep barkin' and runnin' from window to window like crazed nudniks....heeheehee....

Love and kisses...Laciegirlie

tula said...

hi guys..

stop by my bloggie for an award!

tula

Lucia said...

Ciao A+A!

What a splendido tour of your bella citta, and of the fantastico Boston Marathon, too! Santa vacca, I was all tuckeried out after seeing all those runners running!

Now, for that ITALIAN doggie ... adorabile!!La mia ragazza and I saw a Spinone once at a local park and he had the cutest face. Ok, not as cute as lo mio Busterigo, but still reallllllly cute!

Tanti baci!
Lucia

Niamh said...

Hi Agatha and Archie,

Stop by my blog when you can. I've got an award for you.

Your friend,
Niamh