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This story features:
-Challenged Athlete Foundation member, Ruben Grande
-CEO of Ironman, Andrew Messick
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OMG, OMG, OMG. There was one more story that "hasn't" been told. I was so lucky to be there to capture the moment.
It was about 20 minutes after midnight, the Ironman building crew were dismantling and taking down the finisher's chute, and it was finally time to grab a bite to eat after a long day of shooting photographs.
It was drizzling and the main lights were turned off and it was dark out. Only 20 minutes earlier this place was going WILD with excitement shouting "KAREN, KAREN, KAREN" as the crowd was trying to bring in the last athlete, Karen Aydelott on her Ironman journey.
The last finisher? Or so we thought.....
A bunch of my medical staff friends and I were heading towards a bar/restaurant about 700 yards from the finish line, when all of a sudden we could hear applause, shouts and people cheering.
To my total surprise and bewilderment it was Ruben Grande.
As he was making his way to the finisher's line, I realized that there was no one at the finisher's line who knew that he was coming. That meant that when he crossed the finish line, no body would be cheering for him after doing the 2.4 mile swim, the 112 mile bike ride and the 26.2 mile run. I made a decision to run, nay, sprint to the finisher's chute and at least get a couple of people to clap for him and give him some love after his valiant attempt to finish the Ironman.
Panting and trying to keep composed, I yelled as loud and as collected as possible, "hey guys there's one more athlete coming through, let's bring him home."
I then saw Virginia Tinley (Executive Director of CAF)
and she too went over to Ruben to congratulate him.
It was sooooo surreal.
And yes, I reached into my big backpack, took out my camera and began shooting away.
THIS is the "magic" that I love.
Right place. Right time.
I love what I do. Capturing other people's special moments that
Settings in camera weren't performed fast enough,
We are the champions, of the World."
OMG OMG OMG, Rinny answered:
"best IM memories sometimes come very late at night.")
Please do me a HUGE favor,