It’s Boston Marathon day and be prepared for your Facebook and Twitter feeds to be flooded with race pics. Photo sharing from runners is actually a weekly happening, as it seems that every 5K and 10K these days is covered (by mobile photography) like it is the Olympic Games.
We’ve got running on the brain today because the Boston Marathon Finish Line is mere steps away from the Pongr office.
In the spirit of the Marathon, we’d like to give a shout out to Erica and Stacy, two New York running buddies who collect unflattering running photos for their hilarious blog, “Seriously Ugly Race Pics.”
They’re not making fun of people’s looks. Rather, they’re showing a more realistic portrait of their fellow runners in action. Their human peers who are more likely out of breath or grimacing instead of smiling for the photographer. Though they don’t outright say it, the popularity of their blog seems to be a backlash to the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” meme that captures New York runner Zeddie Little in a state of bliss.
“Used For Stock Photo in Picture Frames, No One Replaces It,” one Internet wiseguy wrote, capturing the reality that very few of us look attractive while exercising.
Meanwhile, if you happen to be in Boston today, you might find some runners and spectators a little too eager to be photographed — such as these exhibitionists wearing nothing but giant Solo cups.
Our friends over at BostInno are reporting that area colleges have been warned by police to keep their students in line while celebrating the Marathon. The race route snakes through the campuses of Boston University, Boston College and Wellesley College, providing the most enthusiastic fans these runners could ever ask for.
BostInno has a creative suggestion for students to channel all that passion.
“The safest bet would be to pull a Wellesley College and kiss along the Boston Marathon route instead of drink.
Every year, the ladies of Wellesley go out to the 13th mile’s “Scream Tunnel” to cheer on the runners with signs that read things like, “Kiss me, I’m unemployed.” Who cares about getting a beer buzz when you could be receiving 50 sweaty smooches from a marathon runner instead?”
Hey, kissing makes for a great photo-op, too!