Syracuse Half-Marathon skips my block, but can’t escape my color and B&W

I woke up waiting for the runners from the Syracuse Half-Marathon to thunder down my block in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood for the third year in a row.

It’s become a happy day for Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle, my dear wife Karen and I.

We happily discovered them by mistake at the mile 5 mark on March 25, 2013. Ellie B watched from our living room picture window.

On March 23, 2014, it was 16 F, but I ran out there to snap the 1,600 runners cover the hill in front of our Little Bitty and more of the course around our cherished house.

Today, just as cold. What’s up with that?

Brr. Repeat. Brrr.

Brr. Repeat. Brrr.

Come 9 a.m., I began to get a bit worried that I hadn’t heard or spotted any marshals coming down the street to place orange cones for the runners. I had given them a grace period because of the snow that had fallen overnight. Maybe they’d delayed the 8 a.m. start, I was thinking. But, that little nag …

I called up the event’s site. Clicked the course directions. They’d turned the runners a block above our hill. On went my jacket and Jets cap. I stuck my iPhone 6 into my jeans pocket and walked briskly up that hill.

Cheers resounded from the crowd of a half-dozen and police.

Cheers resounded from the crowd of a half-dozen and police.

As I reached the small knot of fans at the corner, I heard them exclaim that the first woman was streaming up the street toward us. I got her picture as they cheered enthusiastically.

Root, root, root for the runners.

Root, root, root for the runners.

One woman agreed with me that she was disappointed that they’d altered the course to turn before the steep hill to our right. One of the policemen said he’d heard that the race director toured the course last year, spotted the hill, and ordered the change for this switch.

Cold weather, hot runners.

Cold weather, hot runners.

I marveled at how the white snow, city neighborhood and determination of the runners to cover the 13.1 miles added to a great Syracuse scene, and took more pictures approaching, around, and down the side street.

Heading to the corner.

Heading to the corner.

Taking the turn.

Taking the turn.

And away they go.

And away they go.

Hill in glory.

Hill in glory.

That’s what the race director chose to cut out for the runners this year. Maybe they’d have wanted to tackle it.

Thank you, runners, for your efforts adding to my art. I hope your times and my city and street made a good match today.

And now to make this Post Two in my Black-and-White Challenge response to the tag from PriorHouse.

I chose this shot for black-and-white because of the sun spot in the top left corner made the color tones dark.

A turn in the shadows.

I chose this shot for black-and-white because of the sun spot in the top left corner made the color tones dark and moody.

My hill, again.

My hill, again.

A similar photograph in color made my quite happy. I wanted to see if it had the same effect in black-and-white.

My tag in the challenge on this one goes to Radical Rumblings, my new friend from Photo 101 from over by the Mersey.

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44 thoughts on “Syracuse Half-Marathon skips my block, but can’t escape my color and B&W

  1. I have to give those runners credit where credit is due to run in such cold weather, and of course, you, cuz, gets credit too for being out in that cold to photograph the run. Brrrr is right. It snowed here too! What’s up with that? Great shots and my fav is the hill in black and white. Good job! (((HUGS))) to keep you warm, cuz from the west

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  2. Can’t beat the dedication of runners, even in cold weather! Mark I love your neighbourhood and all the wonderful photos you shared; I especially like the first B&W, it does carry an interesting mood. ❀
    Diana xo

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  3. I particularly like the “Cold Weather, Hot Runners” shot, Mark. How fun, to live right by the route! And more fun to live right by the kitchen and easy access to hot cocoa.
    πŸ™‚

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  4. I liked the brilliant lime green, red and colored details in the color shots. I mostly love black and white when it comes to portraits and old photographs. I felt this to be a great effort, in the brisk cold air and loved the post! Having stood out watching my brother in all kinds of weather, I could relate to your comments!

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  6. Whew- just don’t know how you braved those crowds. πŸ˜€

    the photos look great Mark. i especially like the black and white of the hill on your street. It lloks like 1950’s . neat effect.

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  7. WOW! Those runners have some stamina! The last race I ran in started at 7 AM, and it was cool outside (like around 60), and it felt like my lungs would burst from the coldness! I mean, it felt great on my skin, but just not to run in. I can’t imagine running when there’s snow of the ground. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hill photo both in color and monochrome!

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