Here are photos from the first annual running on October 20, 2002 of the Trigon Bay Bridge Marathon, which traversed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The two aerial photos are from the official website at http://www.baybridgemarathon.com. The first photo, looking north, shows the islands for the south tunnel. The fishing pier is on the left side of the southern island.
The second photo, also looking north, shows the islands for the north tunnel. The start line was near the bend of the bridge toward the top of the photo. The high rise bridge of the northern section is barely visible. When we arrived at the start south of the high rise bridge around 6 am, it was still dark.
This first time event gathered at least 1217 registrants (as seen by my number. I may have been one of the last to register by mail, only 1 week before the event. Others may have registered on site). A little more than 950 ran and finished the race.
As friends and family have heard, I started out in good shape, but developed IT-band hip pain at mile 7 (for information on Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB), see http://www.drpribut.com/sports/spitb.html), which led to knee pains, and because of the pains I slowed considerably by about mile 15. I had never had that trouble before this race. As more experienced marathoners tell me, anything can happen in a marathon. Well, it did.
Some runners had warned that running on the bridge with its concrete (and in some portions a thin coating of asphalt) might be a problem, and I talked with a few after the race who felt their legs were beat up a little more than usual. Another factor may have been the fact that the headwind on the bridge was slightly from the side, perhaps loading one side of the body for 10 miles.
A short distance from the finish, I wasn't moving too fast ... but I finished --
The event required more than 700 volunteers. Some of them near the start (south of the high-rise bridge on the northern section of bridge) were stationed on the bridge before 4 am. Even though the race didn't start until 7:00, all the runners had to be bused to the start line on the northern section. Runners boarded buses at the beachfront between 4:00 and 4:50 am. There were about 30 buses. The trip to the start by the caravan of buses took about 1.3 hours; some runners talked, others snoozed. Just after the start, there was a striking sunrise -- the sun was absolutely crimson as it rose over the ocean horizon to the east; within a few minutes it disappeared into some clouds. The beauty of the sunrise was memorable in itself.
Here's a picture of one group of volunteers at the finish after the race was over. And another of volunteers giving a finisher his medal on a ribbon.
I really enjoyed the post-race fellowship. My wife treated me to a good long massage given by a local massage therapy school. And as well, she cheered me on at half a dozen spots along the way.
After the race, refreshments were served on the beachfront. I took a swim in the surf -- a great way to be refreshed.
The post-race party in the evening was a grand event.
All these and other photos can be seen at
Thanks to Dave McGillivray (Director of this event and the Boston Marathon) and all who helped put on a fantastic event!
I hope you all will come out and run in it next year!!