Run Around The Square 2018

Tomorrow is race day in my neighborhood. Its time for Run Around The Square. Its actually two races in one.

The first race is a 1.5 mile fun run through our neighborhood. People can enter with their dogs and children. The second race is through the neighborhood and through Frick Park ending in Fern Hollow. At the end there are free hot dogs and beer. Along the route there are at least ten musical entertainers. Its a fun event for everyone.

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Run Around The Square 2017

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The 35th Annual Run Around The Square

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of Run Around The Square. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful event finished with great hot dogs and beer.

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Run Around The Square 2017

Run Around The Square 2017

Run Around The Square 2017

Run Around The Square 2017

Welcoming 2017

Social media is on fire with what a fucked up year 2016 was. We are coming to grips with the fact that not only has Facebook become the new obituary page of the cyber newspaper but that any time some one dies hundreds of people feel a need to eulogize. It seems like thousands of people died this year from Bowie to Debbie Reynolds, each week brings a new shock of loss.

Not only that but we elected a fascist as President and hate and racism seem to be driving society all over the world. Great Britain left Europe and the USA seems to want to join Russia and Korea as the new axis of evil. Yes 2016 was fucked but how did it treat your personally?

Not a bad year for us. We settled in to our new home in Pittsburgh and our daughter bought her first house outside Chicago. We made new friends and got reacquainted with old friends. We spent a month at the beach and a another month touring Europe and thank God we have our health. In any case I am sure 2017 will also be full of surprises. May you all stay healthy and happy and join me in a toast, fuck off 2016, thank God for another chance.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Run Around the Square–Women’s Winner

For our second full year in Pittsburgh we decided to become more involved in the community and served on the Board of Directors for Run Around The Square. We met a lot of new people and for the first time we helped the race to arrange for a professional race photographer.

After watching the winner cross the finish line, I wondered if they would put up a finish line tape for the first woman to cross the finish line. To this date a woman has never bested a man in marathon or long distance races although each year the gap narrows. As I watched I saw the race crew get ready and watched as he carefully chose the right moment to dart across the course to set the tape for the first woman to finish and provide for her the same moment that the male finisher experienced. The sequence below tells the story.

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Setting the Tape

Setting the Tape

Run Around the Square Winner

For our second full year in Pittsburgh we decided to become more involved in the community and served on the Board of Directors for Run Around The Square. We met a lot of new people and for the first time we helped the race to arrange for a professional race photographer.

There are really two races. The first is a fun run and people walk with their small children and pets. The second is a timed 5K race and it all ends with a giant after party in Frick Park. It is a wonderful community event that raises money for Regent Square. It is the only race I know of that provides professional musicians at the water stops and free beer and hot dogs from D’s Six Pack and Dogz (The best hot dogs in the city!) Not only that but most of the Race is through our neighborhood’s beautiful Frick Park.

I was supposed to walk in the race with my wife, but I didn’t. I sprained my knee and couldn’t answer the bell so I hung out with the race photographers at the finish line.. You can see and purchase thousands of pictures from the race by clicking here.

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First to Finish

First to Finish

Time for a Beer?

People will argue about anything. One of the most frequent arguments you hear in taverns and bars is which beer is the best. This argument is specious at its core. It is like saying which food is best. In summer one may choose a lighter beer and on Saint Patrick’s Day, anything but Harp or Guinness is just not proper in my opinion. However, it is also in my opinion that the best beer in the world comes from Belgium. With over 2000 beer brands you have a world of choice in Belgium. No matter if you like Duvel, Trappist or Stella the best brews are made in Belgium. Leffe is one of my favorites. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

The Words Best Beer

The Words Best Beer

Don’t Wanna Discuss it!

I said earlier this week that a Photographer had to give themselves permission to observe people. My wife said this shot was intruding and, yes it is but it honestly captures a moment of human expression. As a photojournalist your image should capture a decisive moment, a human expression or a moment of action. That is the way Henri Cartier Bresson teaches and who can argue with that?
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Don't Wanna Discuss It!

Don’t Wanna Discuss It!