Boston Marathon

Happy August!

I begin this month with a shot taken back in April during the Boston Marathon.

I’m not sure which I’d rather, racing in a wheelchair, or one of these hand cycles.

Five hours and six gigabytes later…

Later on in the day, I noticed this kid high five any soldier that would march by. The first time it I noticed it happened out of the corner of my eye, and obviously I’m not that fast with the camera. The second time there were too many runners between them and myself. Another soldier went by, but unfortunately on the opposite side of the road. I waited and watched down the road, hoping that even though the five hour mark was approaching, another soldier would still come by.

After a while I got my chance. Simultaneously both myself and the kid took our position in the street, me on one knee, the kid’s arm outreached. As the soldier approached, instead of amusing the youngster with just another high five, he reaches up, tears the American flag off his uniform, and gives it to the boy. Of course the exchange was sealed with another high five, at which point I took my picture. I decided that would be a good point to end my shooting that day, and this also ends my series of marathon photos for now. Until I run out of other things to post that is.

2010 Boston Marathon… again

A few winners, elite runners, and a story missed.

114th Boston Marathon

In all the years that I’ve been following the Boston Marathon, this certainly turned out to be one of the most exciting races I’ve seen.

First we had the come from behind very close finish in the wheelchair race by Ernst Van Dyk, his ninth win here in Boston, and the most wins held by any athlete in the event.  Next came Teyba Erkesso, who broke the ribbon ending her first ever running of Boston, and blowing the competition out of the water.

Finally Robert Cheruiyot, and no, not the same four time champion we’ve seen before, crosses the line in a record setting 2:05:52.  This actually breaks the record set by the previous Robert Cheruiyot from his run in 2006.  All in all, quite an exciting day.

Today’s picture shows champion Robert Cheruiyot fending off last years winner, Deriba Merga, at mile 23 in Brookline.  I’m thinking photo series for tomorrow.

Boston Marathon 2009

 In anticipation of tomorrow’s 114th running of the Boston Marathon, here’s a photo of last year’s event.  This was shot at mile 23, only 3.2 miles to go for this athlete.

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