Anne Patrick is exhilarting in the euphoria of finishing the Marine Corp Marathon in our nation’s capitol. The 73-year-old Smyrna, Georgia resident had her doubts about completing the 26.2 mile course in the posted cutoff time of 7 hours. Anne blew that hoped for time out of the water. The clock ticked 6 hours and 36 minutes when she sprinted the final few yards. A goodly number of the 30-thousand plus marathoners were still behind her. She did the tortuous distance to honor her older brother Alton, an Iwo Jima vet from world war II…and to raise money for her favorite charity, the “Wonderful Days” day care center at her church.
Anne traveled to Washington with neighbor Louise Young and Louise’s daughter, Theresa Johnson…. and Anne’s nephew, Al Cadenhead Jr. All 4 finished. The temperature ranged from 50 to 63 degrees with mostlty overcast skies. Aside from crossing the finish line near the Iwo Jima monument and getting her medal, Anne says the highlight of her run came just before the 26-mile mark. A young Marine sprinted out of the crowd lining the course. She says he shouted, “you are my idol.”
That Marine chose a good one. Anne says when she called her brother, Alton in Calhoun, Georgia.. to tell him she had finished. He became emotional realizing his baby sister had done it to honor him. Anne also will be collecting about 25-hundred dollars in pledges for “Wonderful Days”.
Anne tells me the “Marine Corp” will be her last marathon. But I suggest you never believe what a marathoner says about running 26.2 miles again until at least 3 days after that runner finishes the last one. But in the meantime, what a wonderful feeling…what a wonderful day for “Wonderful Days”…..a zippity doo dah kind of day!