As you approach mile marker 9 you enter Wolfpack territory - in other words, NC State University. I might be biased, but the South has some of the most beautiful college campuses. I had never been to NC State, but I absolutely loved the portions that we ran past as well as a few government buildings.
As I approached mile 12, the first female marathoner was coming through at her mile 25. She was blazing and crushing that hill like it was no one's business.
Now, please give me my chocolate milk. The volunteer looked at me like I was nuts when I told her that I ran 13.1 miles just for this. Ok, that's not the reason I ran, but this is such a sweet reward waiting for you at the finish line.