Monday, May 13, 2013

SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championship

I photographed the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Columbia this weekend. The participants of the meet were incredible athletes mentally and physically. Many of the athletes were Olympians and I was honored to be in their presence. I ran early in high school (before I quit because I’m slow) but I have watched my cousins train and grow from running.

My youngest cousin Elana Minsberg runs for Southern Illinois University. Throughout the weekend I couldn't help but picture her there. After watching her overcome injuries and battle the urge to push herself harder despite the consequences watching any athlete twist their ankle devastated me.

It also reminded me of that surge of accomplishment when athletes who trained before daylight broke and traded their personal life with practice accomplished their personal record at the event. I tried to think of my cousins in each athlete and capture what it’s like to give your whole body and mind to something that is much deeper than running in circles.

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