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Published :: Bridger Ridge Run for Runner’s World :: Montana Editorial Photographer

Montana Editorial Photographer

 

 

Watching the sunrise while hiking up to Sacajawea Peak outside Bozeman, Montana was   a pretty stunning way to start the day.  I’d already been up since around 4 a.m.  After grabbing clothes and picking up the writer for my story on the Bridger Ridge Run, sunrise seemed practically like lunchtime.  At the orientation for the race the day before I’d heard stories of runners becoming so disoriented on the trail from overexertion and dehydration that they’d passed out under the shade of trees.  That’s why there’s a mandatory sweep of volunteers that run through behind the last competitor who leaves the start for this race: to make sure no one is left behind.  It’s also normal to have thunderstorms on the mountain range in the late summer afternoons.  So getting folks off the ridge line by 3 p.m. is a good idea.  After racers pick up their numbers at the start at Fairy Lake they continue on to run 19.65 miles up and then across the ridge of the mountains.  It’s beautiful, difficult, and breathtaking.  I was happy to just be photographing the festivities.

 

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Extra thanks to writer Adam Buckley Cohen who I followed and photographed as he attempted his second try at this brutal race.  Those mountains weren’t messing around.  You can read his account of the race here and in the August 2014 issue of Runner’s World Magazine.

 

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