The Broad Street Run
In late April, I made my way over to Broad and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia to watch the ten-mile Broad Street Run, camera in hand. (I used a Nikon D90, with an 18-200mm lens.) The frontrunners were long past, yet the people I saw running represented a cross-section of Philadelphia, committing themselves to run the race for a good cause and just to prove they could do it. Women and men, every ethnicity, all ages, thin to not-so-thin, alone and in small groups, serious and smiling. Former Mayor and Governor Ed Rendell (in the photo above) stationed himself in front of the Bellevue to high-five runners as they passed. He told me he has been doing that for 23 years, always standing in the same spot. The experience reminded me why I live in a city, and it made me proud to be a Philadelphian.