Well that wasn't the highlight of my evening in Frankfurt - there was a marathon in the city known as JP Morgan Chase Marathon which had 73,719 participants! It was a 5 kilometer marathon.
It was interesting to watch all these runners with their colourful t-shirts and gear. Each participant was sponsored by his company, so each of the runner wore a different attire. Some companies have 10 people, some 2o and more , some just about 5.
While watching the happy or tired faces of the runners I can't help but overhear their conversation.
Runner 1: ..exhaling, inhaling really hard.. "i'm so tiiiii....reeed...".looking around nervously., left, right.. almost out of breath talking to runner 2 "are we theeeerrrrreeee yet?"
Runner 2: .."exhaling, inhaling really hard and almost out of breath... "no, no, mc donald's is on the next turn
Me: What??? hahahahahhaahha, my friend and I had a blast laughing. I thought these runners are here for a good cause.
And here's another one....
Runner 1: talking to runners 2,3,4,5,6 "Ok, now I'm going to the corner and you better look real good."
Me: Hmmmm, I wonder what he's up to
Runner 1: goes to the corner, takes something from his belt bag in a flash. Suddenly a small hand held video camera is produced and shouting to runners 2-6 "ok, all set!" (bear in mind he does this with thousands of people behind him, there's danger he might be run over by the crowd)
Runners 2,3,4,5,6: panting, waving, , posing, giving that exhausted look to the camera
Runner 1 : "ok now me" in a flash giving his video camera to runner 6 and assuming position with runners 2,3,4,5 now panting, waving, posing, giving that exhausted look to the camera
Me: thinking to myself - "all for the love of pictures" and while in the midst of this thought a man walked past me.
Me: "What the??? "
A participant of the marathon just walked past me, or should I say nordic walked past me, with those 2 long poles along with him. I thought marathons are runned not walked. Well I guess I was wrong, I'm just wondering if those 2 long poles haven't hurt anyone.
Too bad our movie had to start so we run off to the cinema with barely a few minutes left, otherwise there would have been more stories.