Photo Gallery | The 2012 26.2 With Donna Race Photo Collage
Miller on Sports.com was at the finish line and along the race course at Jacksonville Beach to capture the 26.2 with Donna, which included a Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay, beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, February 12, 2012. The mission of the 26.2 with Donna is “to passionately produce world class events to raise funds for ground breaking breast cancer research and empower women living with breast cancer.” The race began at Mayo Clinic Campus on San Pablo Road and followed a spectator-lined race course through Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune Beach, over the Intercoastal Waterway Bridge, and back to the finish line at Mayo Clinic Campus. Last year’s weather for the race was what one would described as typical wintry Florida weather (sunny and warm), but this year’s weather, while still sunny, was quite chilly and brisk in the mid-40s, especially along First Street at Jacksonville Beach where the winds were whipping in from the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, since the colder weather was no surprise, the runners, volunteers and spectators seemed prepared. However, some of the spectators along the course could be seen huddled in their cars with hot coffee and donuts! The talk was certainly weather-related since the past several weekends have been in the mid-70s.
Even with enduring the chilly weather, runners approaching the finish line could be heard exclaiming, “if I can beat cancer, I can certainly finish this race.” Spectators lined the street at the finish line as well as throughout the course with signs and cheers of encouragement. For many of these runners, this race is about hope and accomplishment and the desire to prove their stamina and exhibit that never-give-up passion for life. At the finish line, the runners draped themselves in shiny silvery-foiled thermal blankets to keep warm until they could retrieve their warm-up clothes. By 2:00 p.m., even with the sun bearing down on the finishing site, the temperature was no more than 47 degrees. Nevertheless, the finishers made their way to “Runners’ Village” for food, beverages, and the “TLC” (massages, sun screen, and fruit stands) booths, and then to the “Family Reunite Area” with live entertainment. Upon browsing the photographs, you will see just how important that finish line is to so many of these runners. Miller on Sports caught up with and interviewed the Third Place Winner of the Women’s Marathon. This was her second time competing in this race and had traveled from Los Angeles, California. Check out that video at MilleronSports.com. Another successful 26.2 with Donna as well as many participants who proved to themselves that they are empowered with hope and as sense of personal accomplishment.
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