The finish was fantastic, as runners raced up a hill to the Marine Memorial. I posted pictures in a previous post. After crossing the finish, a marine put the medal my neck and shook my hand. It felt weird to accept congratulations from men and women who put so much on the line for us. I took the opportunity to thank each one.
The line to get on the metro stretched for blocks. I thought I would save some time and hopped a bus that would take me to the next metro stop. My plan didn't save any time, and I didn't get back to the hotel until almost 3PM, some 9 hours after I left! My wife was good natured about it all, or just numb, I'm not sure.
We spent the next day doing some last minute sight seeing, taking in the Lincoln Memorial and getting our picture taken in front of the White House.
The Marine Corp Marathon was one of the highlights of what was a very busy 2013.