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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sunburst

Photographing a race like the Sunburst involves a lot of running, but not the kind of actual running the participants are engaging it. It involves a lot of running around from point to point in a car. This was my situation on Saturday morning. I woke up at 4:45 a.m. so I could be in downtown South Bend before the 6 a.m. start of the marathon. I positioned my car on a specific block near the starting line so that I could leave without encountering blocked roads on my way to the finishing line at the University of Notre Dame. After shooting the start of the marathon, 5K and half marathon in downtown, I jumped in my car and sped over to Notre Dame Stadium to try to catch winners. Shooting a race that finishes in a different location than where it starts can be hectic for one person, but luckily I had a logistical plan going in having photographed it for the first time last year.

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After finishing the Sunburst 10K in 20th place, Tommy Ferry, 35, of Eau Claire, Mich., drops to a knee and slips a ring on the finger of his girlfriend, Shelly Bender, on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Notre Dame Stadium. Ferry unveiled a sign asking her to marry him as he ran the final 50 yards of the race on the football field. She said yes. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst marathon runners make their way past the Cathedral of St. James on Saturday, June 1, 2013, along Lafayette Boulevard in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst marathon runners make their way north along Lafayette Boulevard past the South Bend Tribune building on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst 5K runners including Emily Johnsen (8343), of Mishawaka, wait at the starting line before the race on Saturday, June 1, 2013, along Michigan Street in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst 5K participants including Clint Garnett, 31, of South Bend, race off the starting line on Saturday, June 1, 2013, along Michigan Street in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst half marathon runners make their way north along Lafayette Boulevard on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Spectators cheer on Sunburst half marathon runners as they leave the starting line on Saturday, June 1, 2013, along Michigan Street in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Jim Dhaenens, of Granger, leans on his bicycle as he watches Sunburst half marathon runners head north along Lafayette Boulevard on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in downtown South Bend. Dhaenens, a former Sunburst participant, was there to cheer on family members running in the race. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Bradley Johnson, 30, of Chicago, reacts as he finishes the Sunburst half marathon on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Notre Dame Stadium. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Ryan Althous, 29, of Louisville, Ky., does a cartwheel as he finishes the Sunburst marathon in fourth place on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Notre Dame Stadium. Althous finished with a time of 2:50:35. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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