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Metropolitan Diary
November 13, 2006 by Howard Blas

Dear Diary,

Back in the day, families and friends of marathon runners waited for hours for their loved ones to pass by. They would tell the runner in advance precisely where they would be standing, and hope they connected. Then came the cellphone, allowing runners to offer location and commentary.

But talking may take too much time and energy. Whats next?

On Nov. 5, I was on the crowded platform of an uptown No. 6 train at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue, about 40 minutes after the start of the marathon.

Mother with stroller, signs to cheer on loved ones, and entourage:

Hes done his third mile by now we shouldve gotten our first e-mail!

Howard Blas
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