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Forget the PR

My girlfriend is an ultra marathoner.

What does that mean? Well, for the past year and a half, my girlfriend, Sam, has been running races that are longer than 26.2 miles. Any race that is longer than 26.2 is considered an ultra marathon, with common distances being 50k, 50 miles, 100k, and 100 miles (yikes). Sam’s finished every race that she’s started, which in the past year has been two 50ks and one 50 miler.

To kick off the season this year, Sam ran the “Forget the PR” 50k in Loudonville, Ohio, which was where she ran her very first ultra last year. This year, though, we brought along a few of our running buddies from November Project, Amina and Rosa.

Being familiar with the course, as well as her biggest fan, I spent my day darting between checkpoints to support her, delivering food, hydration, clothes, etc., and snapping a few photos along the way. Wanting to stay lightweight so I could run in to the woods unencumbered and go easy on my body — I was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon the week after — I decided to challenge myself by shooting with just a 50mm lens.

After 31 miles, 4,200 feet of elevation and 8 hours, 14 minutes and 33 seconds later for Sam, these are some of the photos I came back with.

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

 (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

I thought it would be a good idea to do some “before and after” portraits to show how much work these badass ladies would be putting their bodies through. I don’t know about you, but I think they looked even better after the race. Amazing!

Sam:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

Amina:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

Rosa:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

A Jumbo Marathon

As I alluded to in an earlier post, I spent my Marathon Monday working for Tufts University covering the start and the finish for their President’s Marathon Challenge team. Oddly enough, having grown up just 2 miles down the road from the starting line, I had never seen the Boston Marathon live — I was always more of a baseball guy, and I love that 11 a.m. Patriots Day game at Fenway.

Tufts president Larry Bacow told me Boston’s is special, and he was right. It was a blast working with Tufts photographers Joanie Tobin and Emily Zilm, and The Man, Marathon Coach Don Megerle.

Here are a few images from the thousands I shot from the finish line, edited down for your viewing pleasure. To see a gallery of our take, check out the Tufts website.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — Tufts University runner Talya Peltzman crosses the finish line at the 114th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

Marathon Monday!

Marathon Monday is upon us, and I’m personally gearing up for what is shaping up to be a very long day of photo-ing.

I spent a few hours today at the finish line, trying to find some features for the Herald. I focused mainly on runners who have quirky rituals or superstitions that they do before the race. I avoided the cheesy tourist photos of people mimicking crossing the finish line at all costs! (Show some originality, people!)

I met Elizabeth Lewis when I saw her saying a little prayer while crossing her fingers. Turns out she had blown out her knee a few weeks prior, but was going to try to run anyway.

4.18.2010 — BOSTON — Elizabeth Lewis of Charleston, S.C. crosses her fingers and says a little prayer at the Finish Line for the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2010. Lewis blew her right knee out a few weeks earlier but will be running in the Marathon anyway.

Best of luck to Elizabeth (hope to see you at the finish, for real!) and everyone else running in the Boston Marathon!