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May 29, 2011

That's a whole lot of very sweaty people - OR - Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon pics

I wasn't too sure if I should head down and snap some pics this morning or not, the weather didn't seem to know what it's plans for the day were either. It was raining when I got up, then it stopped, then it started again, then it stopped again, and then it decided to be difficult.

I eventually got my butt in gear and headed down to the corner of Preston & Somerset and snapped a few pics:

(Image: DSC_0266, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)

(Image: DSC_0345, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)
(Image: DSC_0381, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)
The photos below were all taken along the Ottawa River parkway.

(Image: DSC_0460, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)


(Image: DSC_0677, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)

(Image: DSC_0707, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)

(Image: DSC_0769, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from my photostream)
It won't come as much of a surprise when I say that I've never really understood runners or their masochistic tendencies, but I respect their discipline & hard work. This was the first marathon I've ever seen and it was something to behold. When they started to crest the hill on Somerset coming down to Preston, it was quite amazing. The sound of all the shoes hitting the asphalt was mesmerizing.

I found it fascinating, the runners were all very focused at the first location (Preston & Somerset) but seem to have loosened up a bit at the second location. (Ottawa River Parkway). A lot of them gave me big smiles and waves, a few even hammed it up a bit and struck a few poses.

I tend to avoid taking pictures of people most of the time, favouring landscape shots and other things. Mainly because I can't stand being on the opposite end of the camera myself so I try to respect the privacy of others for the most part. Obviously, I threw that rule-of-thumb out the window today. Hope you folks enjoy the pics, there are quite a few more that I didn't show here. You can find them on Flickr if you're interested.

[ UPDATE: ]

Well, these seem to have gone over well. The pics set a new personal record for views on Flickr, and one of the ones posted above (The Little Italy pic) got used on OttawaStart.

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