Time to visit…Piła Half-Marathon

As I have mentioned before, my husband as a goal of doing 50 half/full marathons before he turns 50.  So on Sunday we headed west to a town called Piła here in Poland for yet another marathon.

We have been to Piła (pronounced PEWA) before for volleyball games but we only saw the stadium so it was nice to actually see some of the city.

What even made this race more fun, we had 2 other friends join us to run the race.

I am always nervous the first time we run somewhere as I do not know how the course it going be to laid out, parking, things for the kids to do, is there places to go if it starts to rain and so on.  

This race was great and so will be on our list to run again next year!

Let’s go see the marathon…

Interesting entrance to an apartment building.

Interesting entrance to an apartment building.

We were not quite sure where to pick up the race packets from but we figured if we followed the crowd we would be fine.  Guess what? It worked!

We were not quite sure where to pick up the race packets from but we figured if we followed the crowd we would be fine. Guess what? It worked!

The fun at all the marathons, organized chaos of picking up your race packets.

The fun at all the marathons, organized chaos of picking up your race packets.

The race t-shirt that everyone got.  You do not want to know how many of these we have in the closet.

The race t-shirt that everyone got. You do not want to know how many of these we have in the closet.

My saving grace at marathons, playgrounds!  This one was at the hall where we picked up the race packets so the girls were able to burn off some energy before we went to watch dad.

My saving grace at marathons, playgrounds! This one was at the hall where we picked up the race packets so the girls were able to burn off some energy before we went to watch dad.

Interesting sculpture on one of the blocks here in town.

Interesting sculpture on one of the blocks here in town.

Once last picture of my hubby before he takes off into that crowd.

Once last picture of my hubby before he takes off into that crowd.

Looks like the race is about to begin.

Looks like the race is about to begin.

Surprise, guess who is in the lead?  Yes it was a money race to it brought out the fast runners.

Surprise, guess who is in the lead? Yes it was a money race to it brought out the fast runners.

God bless this old lady.  She must have been in her 70's and in dead last at the 3 km mark.  She did better than I did, I did not even run.

God bless this old lady. She must have been in her 70′s and in dead last at the 3 km mark. She did better than I did, I did not even run.

Patiently waiting for dad to come by!

Patiently waiting for dad to come by!

There he is!

There he is!

And there he goes!  They went by us twice in this spot.

And there he goes! They went by us twice in this spot.

Killed some time at a water fountain while we waited to see him at another spot on the course.

Killed some time at a water fountain while we waited to see him at another spot on the course.

And more waiting but this time we had a perfect spot over looking the finish line.  I knew we had at least 40 minutes to wait before he came so we quick grabbed some lunch.

And more waiting but this time we had a perfect spot over looking the finish line. I knew we had at least 40 minutes to wait before he came so we quick grabbed some lunch.

My oldest got a feta cheese & chicken enchilada.  This was AMAZING!

My oldest got a feta cheese & chicken enchilada. This was AMAZING!

I got Chinese pirogi's.  I had never heard of them before so I had to try them.  They were delicious! The dough was a sweet dough deep fried, stuffed with a meat mixture and a thick sweet  soy sauce. I need to figure out the recipe for this one!

I got Chinese pirogi’s. I had never heard of them before so I had to try them. They were delicious! The dough was a sweet dough deep fried, stuffed with a meat mixture and a thick sweet soy sauce. I need to figure out the recipe for this one!

This poor guy was about 100 meters short of the finish line and it was like his body just gave out.  Some wonderful spectators helped him walk to the finish line to make sure he finished it.

This poor guy was about 100 meters short of the finish line and it was like his body just gave out. Some wonderful spectators helped him walk to the finish line to make sure he finished it.

Dear hubby, you need to grow a beard like this now that you are retired!!

Dear hubby, you need to grow a beard like this now that you are retired!!

Even Captain America ran the race.  I was disappointed as this was the only one that we saw that dressed up for the race.,  There is usually a few more that do.

Even Captain America ran the race. I was disappointed as this was the only one that we saw that dressed up for the race., There is usually a few more that do.

This was a smaller race compared to most that we go to but from a spectator point of view, I loved it as the course layout let us see him easily in 4 different spots during the race.

This was a smaller race compared to most that we go to but from a spectator point of view, I loved it as the course layout let us see him easily in 4 different spots during the race.

The races are even better when you have other friends running it, so you can cheer them on too!

The races are even better when you have other friends running it, so you can cheer them on too!

HE IS STILL ALIVE!!!

HE IS STILL ALIVE!!!

"A" running with dad to the finish line!

“A” running with dad to the finish line!

Woo Hoo, he finished!!

Woo Hoo, he finished!!

Bathroom anyone?

Bathroom anyone?

Lots of runners waiting their turn for a post run massage.

Lots of runners waiting their turn for a post run massage.

This one handed out pasta for all the runners at the end, this is not very common so this was neat.

This one handed out pasta for all the runners at the end, this is not very common so this was neat.

Do you think they like Pope John Paul just a wee bit here?

Do you think they like Pope John Paul just a wee bit here?

A family that takes a post race nap together stays together!

A family that takes a post race nap together stays together!

I found this neat church walking back to the car.

I found this neat church walking back to the car.

I LOVE the fence around the church.

I LOVE the fence around the church.

Only 1 picture inside the church as there were a few people praying and I did not want to interrupt them with the click of my camera.

Only 1 picture inside the church as there were a few people praying and I did not want to interrupt them with the click of my camera.

What a church.

What a church.

We found a restaurant we need to try on the way home called the "Duck Restaurant." It is kind of in the middle of no where but had lots of cars so it must be good.

We found a restaurant we need to try on the way home called the “Duck Restaurant.” It is kind of in the middle of no where but had lots of cars so it must be good.

 Overall it was a good day for all of us!  We got to spend fun family time together as we watch the hubby made himself suffer through another race.

Where will the next half or full marathon be?  Not sure but we do have a few more in pencil on our calendar for the remainder of the year including a Santa Clause one!

Have you ever dreamed of running a marathon? I haven’t either!

love kelley
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2 Responses to Time to visit…Piła Half-Marathon

  1. Scott R. Lucado says:

    Way cool! Beautiful church, too. Seeing the Tyskie umbrellas makes me wish I could have a nice half-litre on tap right about now…

  2. Pingback: I am waving the white flag! Never a Dull Day in Poland

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