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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Final 100 Meters

The Final 100 Meters
For some, the end of the marathon is a cruel, painful finish. Pride takes over and some would rather walk, or even crawl, over the finish line.

The Final 100 Meters
For some, the end of the marathon is a cruel, painful finish. Pride takes over and some would rather walk, or even crawl, over the finish line. This man breaks down visibly after his exhausting journey.

The Final 100 Meters
The body is very resilient. This gentleman had an unblinking stare on his face crossing the line, then collapsed into the many arms of the volunteer medical race staff onto a waiting wheelchair.

The Final 100 Meters
The finishing line can be a chaotic place. There is a mix of people milling about: the race organizers, doping control chaperons, medical staff, the course volunteers, the media, and the athletes themselves. Most of the time it's very orderly and the runners make their way to the back to receive their well-deserved medals and a good drink of water and rest. It's always exciting.

The Final 100 Meters
The end of the race is where it counts. A few give it their all, and then some.

1 Comments:

Blogger Pearl said...

wow, powerful pictures John.

I thought it was heartening as the last stragglers were still jogging/walking in and most of the crowd were off the sides of streets the main speaker announcer was saying 'keep going. you've done a great job. you're almost at the finish line. a medal is coming for all those who complete.' he had such a warm voice. it perked a few people up as they limped in sweaty and tired.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:36:00 PM  

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