One of the unexpected perks of our apartment on 1st Avenue is a front-row view of the NYC Marathon. We're right in the middle of the long stretch up 1st Avenue, so starting around 10 AM today the street was lined with cheering fans who didn't let up until late in the afternoon. We watched the lead men run by around 11 AM, then went outside just past noon to watch for our friends running the race. I took some pictures of the race, which you can see by clicking on the photos link over there on the left. My favorite runner, aside from our friends, was the Star Wars stormtrooper in full armor. He had to be hot.