Best Foot Forward
[Featured in the following Fine Art America group: 12/09/2013 Women Photographers; 12/11/2013 M O U S E; 12/11/2013 The World at Play]
Putting their best foot forward, runners set off to run the full marathon at Freedom's Run in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
This annual event typically involves running through four national parks - Harper's Ferry, the C & O Canal, Antietam National Battlefield, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. In 2013 the government shutdown threatened to prevent the fifth year of this popular annual event, with access to national parks denied. Undeterred, the race organisers worked with the town and other local groups to succeed in arranging an alternate routes for the runners competing in the marathon, half-marathon, 10k , and 5k races staying entirely on the West Virginia side of the Potomac River. In spite of the rain and the last minute change of course, the event was a great success and well supported by runners from all over the US and beyond. Named one of the top 25 half-marathons by Runners World, Freedom's Run is billed as "An Event for Health and Heritage" and takes place amid beautiful scenery with strong historical impact.
This image of starters from the 2013 race has been given a painterly feel with the application of a Buz Sim effect and the blending of texture layers.
December 8th, 2013
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