L.A. Marathon XXI – A Ham’s Brief Report

Sunday was the 21st annual Los Angeles Marathon. The first one across
the finish line won $100,000 + $25,000 + a new car. But this is a
person who runs everywhere. Howabout 1,000 pairs of shoes instead?

There has only been one other time in the history of the L.A.
Marathon when there was a fatailty. This year there were two. This year
there was also the highest number of runners—over 26,000—so
statistically it was bound to happen sooner or later.

I did not run the marathon but I was on my feet all day. (Note to
self: find more comfortable shoes.) I was downtown at the start/finish
area Command Post and vicinity shadowing the director of security for
the marathon, Bob Taylor. This was a ham radio event. We didn’t do much
all day except deal with the fatality situation and fix a couple of
security issues. The folks at the marathon generally know what they’re
doing thanks to the many years they’ve done it.

The weather was just about perfect for the runners but a bit chilly
for the rest of us with the exception of a few hours midday. It would
have been perfect without the breeze; We lucked out not having any rain.

Overall it was a good experience and I recommend volunteering for
this event to anyone who wants to feel helpful, whether or not you’re a
licensed amateur radio operator.


Author: PhilRW

software engineer, pianist, polymath

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