Why I Run: A Boston Marathon 2014 Photography Project – Lucie Wicker

Lucie WickerLucie Wicker is a Boston-based fitness lifestyle and activewear photographer. She frequently works with fitness professionals – personal trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors, fitness competitors – creating images for marketing materials, as well as with gyms, studios, and fitness apparel companies. She shoots mainly at her studio in the South End of Boston and outdoors in the Boston area. When she is not shooting you can find her trying out new restaurants, watching documentaries, catching a Red Sox game, and watching her beagle do funny things.

I was two blocks away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. As the anniversary of this day that went so wrong so quickly approached and I began to think about it more and more, I decided to channel my energy into a personal project.

Jessica Fenton

“I wanted to do something to prove that the Boston running community and runners as a whole could and would unite to show that the events of last year won’t stop us from doing what we love, and to support those who can no longer compete.” –Jessica Fenton

I mainly work with fitness professionals and athletes who impress me on a regular basis. Their commitment to their own goals as well as helping others reach theirs has always inspired me. Marathon runners are perfect examples of these kinds of people. Whether they are running on a team fundraising for charity or trying to reach personal goals that once seemed impossible, they are some of the most driven and determined people I have ever come across. Knowing runners like this and the approaching anniversary of the events at last year’s race made it clear; the personal project would focus on runners who live and train in Boston and find out why they run.

Nikolas Franks

“I am running for Team MR8; as a way to remember Martin, to spread his message of peace and to help me find my own bit of peace in what will be the most emotional and important marathon of my life.” –Nikolas Franks

I began contacting a few of my friends who were running, to take photos of them while they were training and have brief bios and their own reasons for why they run to accompany the images. Luckily, they were willing to participate and as the project developed, it expanded to friends-of-friends and people I connected with through various social networks.

Natalie Mazzetta

“On April 21, 2013 I was struck by a car while riding my bike on Mass Ave in Cambridge. The severity of the injuries that I sustained left all my doctors unable to confirm if I would ever be able to run another marathon again. On April 21, 2014 I’ll be toeing the line in Hopkinton to run my third Boston Marathon”. –Natalie Mazzetta

As word of the project spread, the stories began to flood my inbox, each more poignant than the last. When I had 20 shoots booked with 26 participants, I decided to cap it, a decision that was hard to make as I hated to turn anyone away. Each shoot was rain, shine, sleet, or snow; if they were running in it then I was shooting in it. I even constructed an umbrella attachment to my backpack so I could shoot in the rain with some protection from the elements. Bostonians running the Boston Marathon train in some of the worst conditions imaginable and capturing them in these conditions was an integral part of the story.

Nicole Johan-Rand

“I don’t feel that running is an obligation… but if feel like if I can, I should.” –Nicole Johan-Rand

While I was still working on the project, I contacted an acquaintance who heads the regional marketing for farm-to-table restaurant chain called Sweetgreen which opened in Boston last year. Their first location happened to be on Boylston Street, right at the marathon finish line. Its location plus its high ceilings and exposed brick walls seemed like the perfect place to have a photography exhibit and happily she agreed. We hung the show on April 5th and it will run through the end of the month.

Rebecca Pacheco

“I need to take what was painful about last year and use it as motivation to raise money for the Red Cross, an organization that comforts and cares for those most in need.” –Rebecca Pacheco

This project has become so much more than I ever expected. It was a labor of a love and a way for me to cope with the events at last year’s race. It has become something that other people have found joy and inspiration in and I could not be more pleased. This year I will be at the marathon to cheer on my friends and be a part of this amazing community in a city I am so proud to call home.

Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond

“I run because I love my team, my city, and the joy I’ve found through running.” –Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond

If you are in the Boston area and would like to see this project in person, it will be on display at sweetgreen (659 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 – at the finish line!) for the month of April.

Chrissy Horan

“I run to end Alzheimer’s. I run for Boston.” –Chrissy Horan

Will DiTullio

“I was unable to finish last year’s Boston Marathon due to the tragic events on April 15th. I finished 1 mile short and my entire family witnessed the tragic events from the stands across the street. I am ready for the challenge this year.” –Will DiTullio

jane

“I’m running Boston 2014 in memory of my father, who passed away from leukemia when I was 8 years old, and to raise money for Beth Israel.” –Jane Theriault

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