marathons build community

Last weekend at the New York Marathon, tens of thousands of goals were met and life-long dreams realized as runners from all over the world raced their way through the 42 kilometre course around the city. But if you think a marathon is all about running, think again. It's about people. The city was alive with people coming together: to run, cheer, encourage, and support each other.

Here are some photos of the lululemon community last Sunday:

appreciate the moment

marathon running support from lululemon

The lululemon New York stores offered complimentary yoga for runners before the marathon and reminded everyone to breathe deeply, appreciate the moment, and take it all in.

cheer stations

The lululemon cheer station was at Mile 23 in Harlem. Cowbells, tambourines and vocal cords were the instruments of choice.

new york marathon cheering squad

marathon supporters wearing scuba hoodies from lululemon

marathon running supporters


The right message can literally motivate or inspire a runner when they need it the most -- and hopefully induce laughter. Laughter makes your muscles hurt less: it's a fact.

nyc marathon pics

chuck norris never ran a marathon

nyc marathon support from lululemon

nyc marathon crowd support

friends and family

As Caity wrote in her pre-marathon blog post, running often makes you feel gratitude and thankful for the people in your life. After the marathon, the streets were full of tired, happy, and grateful runners.

marathon supporters

The day ended with a yoga demo from our New York ambassadors and a post-race party at lululemon Lincoln Square.

yoga for runners

Marathons build athletes, but they also build community. And community is what supports a marathon. We were proud to be part of this inspiring celebration of athletics and of the human spirit. See you next year, New York!

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The Lincoln Square store threw an awesome party for us after the marathon. It added that extra bit to my experience in NYC, as if the marathon itself wasn’t enough. It was a blast and I’m glad I got to hang out with our friends in the US. I even got to meet a couple other Ambassadors. Awesome job guys!!!!!

Comment by Brian — November 13, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

Cheering at marathons is my favourite!! Triple cow bell all the way :) The energy is so infectious that i find I’m likely to put some new fitness goals down! Great job to all the marathoners!

Comment by Carlson — November 15, 2010 @ 11:45 am

I recently asked my husband if we could plan a future vacation to Boston to watch the Boston Marathon. He looked at me and said, “it’s official: you’re definitely a runner.”

Comment by Alicia at Poise in Parma — November 15, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

I was there and I saw you all! During a “quieter” section of the course, you were a welcomed round of inspiration. P.S. I was wearing my “push ur limits tank” in lilac.

Love lulu. Love, love, lulu.

Comment by rabidrunner — November 17, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

Hi rabidrunner!
Congrats on running the marathon! Glad we could bring the pep to keep you going. Hope the Push Ur Limits Tank kept you running strong!

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Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — November 17, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

Great post Alana! The pictures are amazing and so inspiring! The run community and supporters are the best :)

Comment by Ciara — November 20, 2010 @ 11:01 am

This marathon is on my list! I would love to see you all at a Minnesota marathon cheering us on as well!

Comment by sara — November 20, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

I think your photos are beautiful and I absolutely love the witty and upbeat signs!

Marathons truly do have a way of uniting people, Alana. I’m racing in the NYC Half-Marathon this March. My goal was to create a team of individuals whose goals aligned with mine; instead I was given an opportunity, to bring together a group of individuals from very different lifestyles and levels of fitness–but we all connected on our motivation level. Within 2 hours of planting the idea of the race, I had been contacted by 10 different people who were whole-heartedly dedicated and genuinely ready to commit something bigger than themselves. We have committed to racing for charity, so we are running for more than just our own personal goals, we are raising awareness and funding for the prevention of teen obesity!

Marathons seem impossible to many, but I’ve realized that, for me, the challenge is mental. Once I was able to overcome my own physical limitations (having not raced more than a 10-K in my running career), I realized that I’ve been training for this race my whole life…through every challenge and obstacle I’ve ever faced. I’m now at a place where I’ve already envisioned myself crossing the finish line, breathing deeply, smiling widely and sporting a glorious glow of pure sweat and achievement.

I’ve experienced more enthusiasm, support, and positivity than I anticipated when I signed up for this race, I can’t even imagine the outcome on race day!

lulemon should definitely come out and support the NYC Half Marathon this March! It is by far one of the most exciting and unifying races that NYC has to offer its community! :)

Comment by Noel O'Donnell — December 1, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

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