The 2008 Carlsbadistan Stampede

by The Editors on January 20, 2008

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This morning at 7:30 AM 10,000 ground pounders left the Westfield Plaza Camino Real and stormed the streets of Carlsbadistan in the Carlsbad Marathon. Runners representing all 50 states and 14 countries competed in the sold out event. Click the link for all the day’s photos (Double-click to see them in full size AND color).

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And they are off. . .

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Runners always look so energetic at the start.

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The thunder of pounding feet.

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We know why people say the Carlsbad Marathon is the most beautiful marathon in the world.

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Lynn, Charlene, and Emily cheering on the runners while promoting their favorite charity Friends of the Poor.

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TK, Rae, Dabo, Glenda, and Chuck doing it up Carlsbadistan style and cheering on the racers from their own front porch.

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Runners starting to settle in at the five mile mark.

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Go Chargers. Go Chargers. Twins. Twins.

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Wait, isn’t that you? Right there in the middle of the pack? We think it is.

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Talk to any marathon runner and they’ll tell you at a certain point it all becomes a blur.

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San Deigo Leukemia and Lymphoma’s John Correia directing runners to proper refreshments at Tamarack.

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Yes, I think I’ll have one thank you.

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Grabbing a drink on the run.

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The “harder than the rest” sounds of Stone Senses playing in the middle of Tamarack.

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La Costa Canyon High’s Stephanie, Aimee, Kendall, Natalie, Gia, and Krista volunteering at Juniper Street.

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An older men went down just south of Cherry Street. He apparently hit his head and was bleeding. He was, however, completely conscious and knew exactly where he was: on the pavement of Carlsbadistan.

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