- a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km).
- a long-lasting or difficult task or operation of a specified kind
In the States we have all been living the 2nd definition, training and feeling the pain, wishing at times we can give up but knowing it is still a while to the finish line in this election cycle. Today is the finish line, you are in Central Park. We are tired, we are looking at those blankets they give out at the end and the medals with fatigue. If we were running the marathon though we would not stop right before that gate of balloons!! Not unless we passed out or were physically unable. So as tired as we may all be today is the Finish Line we have to vote, to cast our voice.
The 2 events could in some ways also not be more different - one is about the celebration of the human spirit, unity, diversity, the best that we can achieve and the other has been all about pointing out the blisters, the sweat and some frankly cheap shots and tripping.
I would like to think I have not yet succumbed to cynicism and believe that we all are more like the NYC marathon runners and cheering crowd. People were there to encourage their fellow human beings, they were handing out water, cheers, hugs and applauding their efforts. Runners are there to show that when you really try, even with obstacles, you can accomplish your goals.
Marathons started in the same place that gave us the budding notion of democracy. We are all fatigued if not physically from the marathon than emotionally from the election process. I want to see that spirit of unity that I saw in the NYC marathon happen after the election even if my candidates do not win and I do not want to see the camp that wins treat it like bullying rights over the camp that doesn't. I am hoping that we all hand each other a virtual blanket and smile that we accomplished something great - democracy never promises to be easy, but unlike any other system especially those we see with Putin and his ilk, it does give us promise of hope and possibility.