The 37 Happiest Things You See While Running A Marathon

Whether you're an old pro, running for the first time, or cheering from the sidelines, one thing's for sure: a marathon is full of magical moments of human triumph. And sweat and tears. Sometimes lots of tears.

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1. The starting line, where between the nerves, music and cheers, you feel like you can fly.

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2. Inspirational sportsmanship

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The elite runner on the right passed her water to the dehydrated runner on the left, whom she saw was suffering through the race. She was on pace to finish first, winning $10,000 in prize money but because of her act of kindness, she finished 2n instead. A true marathoner.

4. Kids holding timely signs.

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Until you remember you'll have to go back UP at some point.

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(But in this case you'd be on the Great Wall of China and knowing that helps fuel you for a few more miles)

7. The support of the other runners.

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8. People showing their patriotism by holding their flag high the ENTIRE time.

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9. Runners showing their support of a united world by holding MULTIPLE flags throughout the race.

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Ilie Rosu carried a Romanian flag along with the flag of the country he was running in (in this case, Greece) throughout the race to advocate for unity and peace between nations.

12. If you're on a route that loops back, seeing the first runner to lap you.

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This sounds like it would be defeating, but everyone cheering for the crazy fast runner of the pack as he runs back towards the finish line is enthralling, both for the support and the amazement that any human could run so freakin' fast.

18. Runners running with their kids.

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24. Almost as unbelievable as these meccas of relief.

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Even if you end up being lucky and never having to go, it gives you peace of mind that they're there if you need them. And that others are less likely to do unsightly things while running....

29. Supporters lending their super powers on your last mile!

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37. And the knowledge that this is why the experience is so special:

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