Photographer's Note

Fluent Motion

Behind three ‘hares’ the following three athletes running the Rotterdam Marathon near the ½ marathon spot are displayed in adverse weather conditions:
Guta Degene 17 (ethiopie)
Ismail Sghyr 15 (france)
Mohammed Mourhit 22 (belgium)
As opposed to my previous posting the crop is wider, displaying the fluent way the athlets propulse themselves.

These three pro-athletes finished at about the same position as the numbers displayed on their outfits. This flags that like other big marathons, the Rotterdam is carefully planned and managed to get the best results -preferable a world record.
Marathons are surely also economic events as they are important to the international prestige and tourist potential of the city.
Before the marathon three or four groups are formed by the ‘race advisor’. The first group around the destined winner (with number one on its outfit), the second group around the Dutch runners competing for the national marathon title (the Rotterdam Marathon is also the Dutch marathon championship race) and other athletes and the third or fourth around the favourite female runners. A pic of this group with the winner for the ladies, Lornah Kiplakat with one of her two front runners is here).
During the marathon the ‘race director’ monitors and coaches these groups, from the buddy seat of a motorbike..

Rinie’s panned shot of amateur runners, forming the biggest group of marathon runners is here).

PCS tech: contrast and levels adjusted; ran Noiseware; USM-ed frame added and saved for the web.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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