Well, it took me long enough, but I finally got to view the Utica Boilermaker. It's the largest 15K race in the country and a summertime fixture in the area. I doubt there's a week in the year that goes by without there being something in the paper about the race.
Michael Arcuri has, I believe, usually run the race. This year, Eliot Spitzer also ran. They both ran the 5K this year.
So, I was up at the (insert your own adjective) hour of 5:00 AM and on the sidewalk at 6:30. Democratic supporters from the Mohawk Valley blew up balloons, handed out bumper stickers and palm cards and cheered loudly as our candidates and friends went by.
It was a very early morning for me, especially as I'd spent yesterday at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. It's going to be a while before my legs recover. But it was a lot of fun and inspiring to watch the runners. I was especially struck by the kids who made the run look easy.
I've been working on campaigns for a long time now. I'm having a lot of fun doing new things this year thanks to the Arcuri campaign. Though all the weekend trips next summer will cost me a fortune!