Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another run in Athens, Greece

At the end of my trip, I took another run through Athens and followed a similar route as my first run. However, instead of running by the Parliament I cruised through the National Garden.
I zipped by the Zapion Exhibition & Congress Hall…
...on my way to the Panathinaikon stadium, which served as the finish line for the 2004 Olympic Marathon.
I made my way around the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

And then I ran up to the Acropolis where I was able to get in this time and check out the Parthenon…

And the Temple of Athena Nike which is being restored.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A run in Araxos, Greece

During part of my trip I stayed in a small town outside the Araxos Air Base. The drive from Athens to Araxos was scenic with continuous mountain and coastal views.

Charilaos Trikoupis bridge (The longest cable-stayed bridge in the world)

I had a chance to get in a quick 5k run around the town. Here are some pics from my jaunt:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A run in Athens, Greece

This past week, on a business trip to Greece I was able to get out for a run through the capital city of Athens. Here’s how it went:

I started out from the hotel and soon had a view of Lycabettus Hill.

I continued over to Vass Sofias and ran down that street to the Parliament.

In front of the Parliament Building guards watch over the tomb of the unknown soldier.

I cruised through Syntagma Square and the Plaka, an area of restuarants, shops and cafes.

As I passed through the Plaka I caught my first view of the Acropolis.

I continued on to the Monument of Lysikrates (with the Acropolis in the background)

I then made my way up the hill to the Acropolis, along this awesome narrow path that switchbacks through cool houses and provides great views of the city.

I stopped off at Aeopagus hill to quickly take in the view, which was incredible.

Since it was Sunday evening, the Acropolis was closed, so I headed back down the hill through Ancient Agora-Areios park enjoying the sights along the way.
This would be a cool marathon to do…

I then ran back to the Parliament, and retraced my steps back to the hotel. Along the way I passed by the War museum.
I finished up my tour just as the sun was setting. Perfect timing and great run through the city.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2009 Race Schedule

Here are some races that I’m planning to do in 2009:

2/22/09 - Hyannis Marathon - Location: Hyannis, MA

4/20/09 – Boston Marathon - Location: Boston, MA

5/09/09 - North Face Endurance 50 - Location: Bear Mtn, NY

5/?/09 – Soapstone Mountain Trail Race - Location: Stafford Springs, CT

5/31/09 - Rock N Roll Marathon - Location: San Diego, CA

7/18/09 – VT 100 Mile Endurance Run – Location: West Windsor, VT

9/27/09 – VT 50 Mile Endurance Run – Location: Mt. Ascutney, VT

10/10/09 – ING Hartford Marathon – Location: Hartford, CT

Monday, January 12, 2009

Malone Wedding

My term as a Justice of the Peace has started, so I was able to marry Sean and Lauren on Saturday. We performed the ceremony outdoors at a local nature reserve just before a snow storm arrived. It was the coolest wedding. Literally. It was cold and we loved it. Lauren's friends sang. The ceremony was short and sweet. It was all good.

Lauren, welcome to the family!! And congrats to the both of you!!

Check out Lauren's Blog for more pics and video from Sean and Lauren's awesome day.