Saturday, September 20, 2008

Finishing with a flair

The last 200 yards. Legs tired. Feet aching. Mind numb. Breaths are coming hard. Focus.

Then suddenly, your kids run out of the crowd and jog along side you, excited in your accomplishment. This is the part of the race that always brings a roaring cheer out of the crowd.

I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to show this picture before I get back to the daily New Orleans photos.

This is just one of those memorable times when you suddenly realize what the human spirit is all about. It's the kids' time to cheer on the parents, to lighten dad's load for once. These kids were elated, bubbling with intensity. All the long hours that Dad had put in were coming to fruition. They had been urging him on for weeks and their efforts paid off. They were proud for their father.

I was just shooting a few practice shots, so that when my son, Charlie, passed by I was all set to shoot. Then, these kinds of moments began happening one after the other. Amazing.

Charlie was participating in this triathlon in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. It was an event for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.

--steve buser


JM said...

That is a very nice post, I really enjoyed reading it! Great photo of your son too!

Rambling Round said...

This is a photo worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting! Very American and family friendly! Love it.

Tanya said...

Proud kids indeed! And they have every reason to be, way to go Charlie!

Hope said...

I love this photo and your writing that goes along with it. Very touching and a wonderful family moment. That's what family is all about, right there.

Dan said...

Wonderful pic Steve. A great moment.

BTW, you are right, the holding call was missed. But hey, that's part of the game too.

GMG said...

Hi Steve! After a short break but a long absence, I’m finally back to the blogosphere.
Great post, wonderful picture!
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is now in Kos on the way to Crete! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great weekend and a nice week ahead!

Bernie said...

Great shot! I didn't realize he was in the run here in my neck of the woods. A co-worker was in that one too.

Laurie said...

Darn you, Steve, your post made me cry!

Love this shot. So wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I really like this photo. It is brilliant. It will be inspiring to a lot of people who run, wished they could run, or remember days when they did run.