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Photo Project Captures Runners’ Preparation Before Race Day

Posted by Chrissy Horan  April 6, 2014 10:39 AM

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I recently saw a photo passed around on Facebook that said, “A marathon is hundreds of miles, the finish is the last 26.2.” And while the runners can show you the logs to prove this is true, very few people see that side of the marathon.

Although she’s not running the marathon herself, photographer Lucie Wicker wanted to do something to highlight this special marathon and the months of preparation that goes into getting ready for the big day. A photographer specializing in lifestyle fitness and activewear photography, Lucie decided to create a Boston Marathon project, photographing runners around Boston throughout the winter.

“Even though it (the marathon) is run in the spring, obviously a lot of the training goes on during the worst times of the year and I wanted to highlight this (I find this particularly admirable and impressive!). To the average spectator, this might get overlooked,” Lucie emailed me. It was a tough winter to run and many of her photos capture the less than ideal running conditions we trained in.

I was really excited to learn about the project and honored to be asked to be a subject. Of course the day I met Lucie was the first 50-degree day in early March. Even though I didn't get photographed in the ice and snow, look at this amazing shot she got!


The show features over 20 other runners. Whether intentional or not, I think the project does a great job capturing who runs Boston, from the qualified runner with 20 marathons under his belt to the marathon newbie raising money for an important cause. I haven’t met many of the other subjects yet in-person, but I’m in some pretty impressive company, from local speedsters to some runners with incredible hearts.

The project is featured on her blog and earlier in March, highlighted the project as it was completed up to that point.

Starting Saturday, April 5, the photos are also being exhibited at sweetgreen located at 659 Boylston Street, or right at the Boston Marathon finish line.

My run Saturday led me past sweetgreen, so I stopped in with some friends to say hi to Lucie while she was hanging photos.


The display will be up through marathon weekend. It looks phenomenal. Check it out. After all, getting to Boylston Street to look at photos of runners training is way easier than training for the marathon.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at
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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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