A Photo Story: The 26.2 and the People Who Love It (Part One)

The race began ten minutes late, due to the shuttles’ schedule having been a bit delayed.  They waited for everyone to arrive…and gave us photographers a bit more light to work with as each minute brought sunrise nearer.

She sports the number 1.

She gives the runners a last-minute rallying call and thanks everyone.  Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, and Dr. Edith Perez also give brief remarks.

The starting line at 6:35am.

The race begins…

Pink tutus are popular marathon fashions for women – – and men.

Students from Nease High School came out to offer refreshments the passing runners.  On a morning with temps below freezing and wind chill making it feel like 19 degrees, it’s colder when you’re just standing around.  Huddling together helped a little!

A group passes by the 20 mile mark in Jacksonville Beach.

From left to right:

     Heather Fallon;  Sophia Bracken and  Brianne Lancaster are volunteers from Ponte Vedra High School, on hand to help Dee Reiter, past President of Beaches Exchange Club (and two-time breast cancer survivor) and the rest of the Beaches Exchange Club.  They offered Gatorade, water, and other refreshments to runners in front of the Neptune Beach City Hall.


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Jeannie Greenwald is a freelance photographer, neighborhoods evangelist, and editor-in-chief of The Beaches Online. She is also a degreed psychologist and occasionally works as an adoption social worker for Jacksonville area families. She founded The Beaches Online, LLC, in 2011 to write about the happenings in 'the beaches' - the island-without-a-name, in Duval and St. Johns Counties, Florida. Always equipped with cameras, she roams the beaches, the string of barrier islands from Amelia to Anastasia, and also journeys inland, to the rural banks of Florida's blackwater rivers, and the pristine, freshwater springs. Jeannie's lived at the beaches for twelve years, and considers herself a common-law native. She celebrates the joy of living in a coastal community that prides itself on its beautiful beaches and strong, independent local business community.

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