a morning filled with heroes

©2011 gary garbett.com

What a day of wonder. I spent the morning documenting the Claytor Lake Sprint Triathlon. It was a day that was far more beautiful than the weather, which was sun filled and stunning. The large wonderful group of young adults to seniors, were such an inspiration and filled with an amazing joy for life. Their spirit and enthusiasm was infectious and they were each truly living for every moment in the moment. They shined. 

As things were coming to a close and as the final runner turned the last corner for the last twenty yards, long after the event leader had crossed the line,everyone gathered at the finish line to encourage her with loud and enthusiastic cheers of support.It was a remarkable experience. Even as a spectator, the emotion and the adrenaline rush at the end was equal to that of the start.

I have the rest of my day in front of me, but my list of heroes grew several pages longer even before pouring my second cup of coffee of the day. Cheers to a life, especially those filled with inspiring heroes.


  1. Brian Lyerly
    September 13, 2011

    Good choice going with the wide angle. Really adds context to the event.

  2. Elie
    September 19, 2011

    beautiful. I love your perspective on the event! do you mind if i use one of your pictures on my blog?

  3. gary garbett
    September 20, 2011

    Hi Elie,
    I appreciate your kind words. I've placed another image that may be of interest to you and number 40 on my fb page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Garbett-Art-Photography/247426401941894
    As long as you credit me with the image and link back to my site you're welcome to use an image. Please send me a link to the image upon posting. Thanks.

  4. Elie
    September 22, 2011

    alright Gary, the deed is done. 🙂 thanks for the extra picture!! i now have solid proof i did, in fact, finish. Here's the link: http://ofdandelionsandwine.blogspot.com/


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