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RUN 2015

The Best Running Photos of the Year from Strava Stories

Story by STRAVA 22 de diciembre de 2015

Strava is the social network for athletes. What makes our community different from the others is you – the athlete striving to be your best, the athlete who shares experiences and activities with your community. Every day, we inspire each other. In the spring of 2015, we launched Strava Stories as a new way to celebrate the sports we love.
Stories is a digital ‘zine that showcases athletes unlocking their potential and the culture, community and data we create through sport. From athletes running for fun at Bolder Boulder to the New York City marathon to the most elite ultra athletes in the world sky running through the Alps at the UTMB, these are stories of amateurs and pros, of endeavor and triumph.
To date, we’ve published 33 Stories and look forward to bringing you more inspiration in 2016. For now, it’s time to take a look back at our favorite running photos from a remarkable year. Thank you for joining us.

Bolder Boulder

No race parties like the Bolder Boulder. It’s one of the largest races in the US, with lots of history and traditions… like sweaty PBR hand-ups, voluntary mid-race slip and slides, and many smiling faces – young and old – celebrating at the finish line.

Photos by Matt Trappe

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Ultra-Trail du mont-blanc

David Laney ran the race of his life, finishing 3rd at UTMB this year, flying by competitors in the final miles. The mean mountains in the background and his flexed fist-pump make this one of our favorite shots of 2015. The rest aren’t hard on the eyes either. This is an inspirational race with incredible views and locals that celebrate every athlete along the way.

Photos by Matt Trappe

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The berlin marathon

We took a chance on this one, with the team focused on the “before and after rituals” of a marathon runner instead of the actual race itself. What they sent back showed us that there’s a lot more than just thousands of people suddenly running from A to B; like keeping warm, feeding, taking care of business and taking it all in.

Photos by Antton Miettinen

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columbia XC

The Columbia XC Team story was a week-long shoot that brought us back to our college days. The team was more than happy to let us into their lives (and even into their locker room and dorms) so that we could shine a light on the collegiate racing experience.

These guys truly embodied the word “team” and Matt’s photography captures an unspoken bond and group coordination within this squad. One of the best: The guys took a minute during a lens change and instinctively posted up along the fence together.

Photos by Matt Trappe

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The club scene in nyc

No, not night clubs. The running clubs scene here is HOT. We spent a week with some of our favorites, from the speedsters at Central Park Track Club, the tribe that is November Project NYC, to the community-focused Dashing Whippets and North Brooklyn Runners. We thought we had it covered, but we are just scratching the surface.

Photos by Joao Canziani

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new york city marathon

Welcome to New York – the largest marathon in the world in one of the greatest cities on the planet. The sheer magnitude of people in the race and on the streets kept us busy all day. These are just a few of our many favorite moments.

Bonus pro tip from Matt: Always strive to choose the city side of the plane on a clear morning. The scale of NYC is incredible.

Photos by Matt Trappe

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Vanderbilt xc

Being in Nashville for the fall season was especially lucky. The smell, the light, the dew and airborne grass clippings on a cool fall morning brought back a lot of memories, and the light flare in these photos made for a beautiful shoot.

Our favorite from this crew starts the story. The team had finished a hard workout when they happened to part just enough to reveal Coach Keith behind them.

Photos by Matt Trappe

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USATF xc club nationals

Our final run event of 2015 kept us close to home for the Club Nationals. The breadth of runners, from the front guys running their first muddy mile in 4:38 to 75-year -olds still racing cross country on the national level… an impressive event in its balance of raw speed and warm inclusivity.

Photos by Matt Trappe

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A massive thank you to Matt Trappe, Antton Miettinen and Joao Canziani, the photographers who shot these stunning images and have helped to bring the vision for Strava Stories to life.

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