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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunburst Races

For the third year in a row, I was assigned to photograph the annual Sunburst Races in South Bend. The Sunburst Races are South Bend’s marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K races, which draw thousands of people to our city each year. It’s a fun assignment because there are thousands of moments to be had. That said, it’s quite a grind of a day. The marathon starts at 6 a.m. meaning I usually wake up at 4:45 a.m. to get to the starting line by no later than 5:30 a.m. In my experience shooting the races, I’ve always been the sole shooter. This puts a lot of pressure on me to shoot a variety of features and action all the while getting the winners of the races for our sports section. I really got sick of shooting similar photos at the start and finish lines the last couple years so I decided to try something different. This year I ditched my car, grabbed a couple of easy-to-carry lenses (Canon 135 mm f/2 and 35 f/1.4) and rode my bike along the course. This allowed me to shoot a bit of the action along the course itself, but kept me from getting stuck at a race roadblock in a car.

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Runners make their way north along Lafayette Boulevard in the early stages of the Sunburst marathon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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A volunteer hands out water to Sunburst half marathon runners at the roundabout at the intersection of Angela Boulevard and Riverside Drive on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst marathoners make their way to the starting line on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst marathoners wait at the starting line for the beginning of the race on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst marathoners begin the race on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst marathoners run north along Lafayette Boulevard past the South Bend Tribune building on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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A Sunburst runner crosses the Angela Boulevard bridge on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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A St. Joseph County police officer stops traffic along Main Street to allow Sunburst 5K runners to cross on Washington Street on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunburst 10K runners including Kathy Smart of Plymouth, center, cross the Angela Boulevard bridge on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sean Coleman, of South Bend, reacts after finishing the Sunburst 10K on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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David Grellmann, of Berrien Springs, high fives spectators as he runs to the finish of the Sunburst 10K on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Jack Randall (2629), of Dayton, Ohio, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the Sunburst half marathon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Notre Dame. Randall finished with a time of 1:16:20.55. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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A woman who listed her race name as Maleficent Hornback crosses the finish line of the Sunburst half marathon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Les Crooks of Mishawaka cools himself after running the Sunburst half marathon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sarah Ingle, of South Bend, reacts after finishing the Sunburst marathon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Notre Dame. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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2 comments on “Sunburst Races”

  1. Sarah Ingle says:

    Just want to say thanks for capturing this moment for me. It was my first Boston Qualifying time. I broke down around mile 24 due to the hills in the last section of the course and up until that moment, I was running the pace I needed. I had to briefly stop just to get my legs back. The last mile I was dying to finish and pushed as hard as I could. I finally saw the finish line and looked up and saw the time 3:39:06. I needed 3:40 to qualify for Boston. I yelled out in elation. You captured the moment awesomely and I’m so glad to have the photo. I ran that race in memory of my Aunt Patty Callahan and Steve “Steve-o” Smith, both of whom lost their battles with brain cancer. Thank you again.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story. Glad I was able to capture your big moment!

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