A tribute to my sister…the Triathlete !!


A couple of weekends ago, I witnessed one of the most inspirational events I’ve ever seen.  My sister participated in the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon Tour in Charlotte, NC.  It’s a women’s triathlon which consists of  a 250 yd swim, 9 mile bike, and 2 mile run.  Let me first say…my sister assists me on every wedding that I shoot.  She does quite a bit including second shooting, helping with equipment, posing, and just really helping keep hectic wedding days organized and on track.  We’ve developed such a great chemistry…she just knows what I need, where to be, etc without me having to say a word.  That kind of teamwork is extremely valuable to me.  She definitely helps keep the M. Clay Photography wheels rollin’ 🙂

So when she decided to train for this triathlon, of course I was going to be her biggest supporter !!  I had never attended a triathlon so I had no idea what to expect.  It was such an overwhelming atmosphere of encouragement everywhere.  There were over 1,500 participants of ALL different ages, nationalities, shape, sizes, and even disabilities.  During every stretch, there was always supporters (family & friends) shouting words of praise and encouragement….many times to participants they didn’t know.  And it was all with a simple common goal….to finish the event.  I cannot express how extremely proud I am of my sister for this accomplishment.  She’s inspired me to participate in a triathlon next year so that has been officially added to my 2012 list of goals.

Here’s a few images of from the event.

Here are some other random shots, just capturing some of the energy and excitement of the day…

And the most fulfilling part of the day….crossing the finish line !!

And here’s Stefanie rounding the corner for the final stretch….full of emotion and celebrating with family and fellow runners

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  • kia · Posted 10-12-11 at 10:40 am · Link · Reply

    Mike, i love these! You should submit them to Ramblin’ Rose. I bet they would love them too.

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