Colleen and Matt run, but not in the normal sense of the word run. They run marathons. Ultramarathons to be exact. I got Colleen’s first email as I was about halfway through reading Born To Run, which looks at the Tarahumara (a tribe in the north central canyon area of Mexico) and their long distance running ability along with the history of ultramarathons and running in general. Obviously, as anyone who knows me can attest, I had chosen the book based on my interest in the Tarahumara, not running. Colleen proceeded to tell me that they were currently traveling for the Leadville 100 (one of the first and probably biggest races and heavily featured in the book) and they wouldn’t have great access to email, but they loved my work and wanted me to be a part of their day. I remember sitting at the stoplight with my mouth open thinking to myself that a week ago I didn’t even know that ultramarathons and the Leadville 100 existed and now I have a potential groom running in one. Since coming to Mexico eight years ago my life has been filled with serendipitous moments such as these and it truly makes me question the connection between each of us and how deliberate our interactions are even though we might not think it at the time. It can’t all be chance can it?
Enough half ass philosophizing. Fast forward a year and here we are at La Mansion in Conchas Chinas. Big shout out to Jenny JJ who came down and shot with me. Overall amazing human being and photographer whose high kicks are unparalleled.
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