We left Friday after school and stayed overnight at the base of the Wall in Huangyaguan. The boys snobbishly suggested, "why did you pick a 0 star hotel," but despite bugs in the room, the plyboard "mattresses", and the fire hazard shower, we had a great time! Joanne and her friend Chris ran the half marathon in what has to be the most grueling terrain for any marathon I've ever seen. It was incredible to watch and cheer them on. As spectators we were able to see every runner pass right out front of our hotel room. We stayed there cheering until Joanne passed, and the herd of runners subsided, then went into town to watch the finish.
We got to see Joanne 4 times on the race!
Incredible view of the Yellow Cliffs from our room
Three Beds in the Room
Joanne's 6 AM Departure to the Start/Finish
The Start of the 5K - Right Outside our Hotel Room
Benne and The Wall - 6AM
First Runners over the Top
Views of the Wall
The End of the Wall?
Cheering in Town
There is Mama!