26.2 Miles, 1 Artist

November 8th, 2011

Christoph Niemann: My attempt at live-illustrating the New York City Marathon.

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More like immediately after and long after…

July 29th, 2011

Before and After Shots of Joggers:

Last summer, Sacha Goldberger decided he would take on a very interesting project. He assembled a team who helped him create an outdoor studio at Bois de Boulogne, a park located near Paris that's 2 1/2 times the size of New York's Central Park. He stopped joggers, asking them for a favor – would they sprint for him and then pose right after for his camera? Many obliged. Out of breath, these joggers showed an overwhelming amount of fatigue on their faces.

Goldberger then asked these same people to come into his professional studio exactly one week later. Using the same light, he asked them to pose the same way they had before.

"I wanted to show the difference between our natural and brute side versus how we represent ourselves to society," Goldberger tells us. "The difference was very surprising."

[Via MetaFilter]

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Raw eggs, brandy, and strychnine

March 9th, 2010

The marathon at the 1904 Olympic games at St Louis must give hope to the organisers of London's 2012 Games. No matter how much they cock things up, they'll never surpass St Louis:

The 1904 Olympics were such a farce that the Olympic Committee were somewhat forced to hold an interim games only 2 years later at Athens.

[Via The Memory Palace podcast, which devoted episode #26 to the story of the 1904 Olympic marathon.]

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Wait until tomorrow

August 1st, 2008

Haruki Murakami on running an ultramarathon:

Have you ever run 100 kilometres in a single day? The vast majority of people in the world (those who are sane, I should say) have never had that experience. No normal person would ever do something so foolhardy. But I did, once. I completed a race that went from morning till evening, and covered 100 kilometres. It was draining physically, as you can imagine, and for a while afterward I swore I'd never run again. I doubt I'll try it again, but who knows what the future may hold. Maybe someday, having forgotten my lesson, I'll take up the challenge of an ultramarathon again. You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring. [...]

[Via kottke.org]

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