Sunday, November 01, 2009

continuing the tradition

At about 11:15 this morning, the elite female runners passed by my position on the northern pedestrian walkway of the Madison Avenue Bridge. For what its worth, I saw Paula Radcliffe and Derartu Tulu, the marathon's female winner, whiz by in seconds. No more than about 15-20 minutes later, the pack of elite male runners zipped by. Not having done my homework, I wasn't able to identify any of them, however.

It was quite cool and overcast. The sun struggled to peak through achieving only moments of success. Very few people watched from the bridge. The vast majority of spectators gathered just east of it on 138th Street in the Bronx.

I photographed the runners crossing the bridge for about two hours from 10:30 to 12:30 before I had become exhausted by the biting cold wind and decided to return home.

Photographing the runners has become an unexpected tradition of mine. Yet another of cancer's unexpected blessings. Three years since I was discharged from the hospital after my transplant, I continue to shoot along 138th Street.

In all the previous years, I watched the marathon from home not even aware, I don't think, that the course winded through my neighborhood just 20 blocks away. It's amazing really. . . . Discoveries are happening all the time.


Comment Blogger Michelle said...

Cool! I was spectating at 72nd and 1st ave. Being a running myself, I was truly inspired by what I saw. I am thinking of entering the lottery for next year and if I do not get in, I will have guaranteed entry for 2011. You best be out there photographing!!!

7:15 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I definitely will, Michelle! :)

Thanks for your comment.

8:27 PM  

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