Part of the three-day Sonkajarvi Festival in Helsinki, Finland, this whimsical annual event resembles a 250-yard steeplechase, in which the “wife” rides upside down on the runner’s back with her legs slung over his shoulders for maximum speed. Women must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 108 pounds. Not hitched? Don’t worry you don’t need to be actually married to compete.
For four years in high school, and a brief stint in college (until I got tired of being tired all the time), I was a rower. I spent three months every fall and another three every spring on the water, but never gave much thought to how majestic the sport can be when photographed.
The president of the Baltimore Rowing Club, Jeff Ditter, let me hitch a ride in the motor boat – often called a launch – on Friday, June 28, the day before the Row Like A Mother crew raced in the Charm City Sprints.
From there, I was able to shoot the team’s warm-ups, race starts, technique drills and an odd moment involving crab traps slung over the side of a bridge. At the Sprints the next day, I arrived to the race site at Middle Branch Park just as the team began to show up. The women – seven from Catonsville, two from Baltimore and all nine mothers – raced another women’s novice eight from Capital Rowing Club.
Photographers in the Baltimore Sun Media Group shoot at dozens of high school sporting events in the spring. Softball, baseball and lacrosse are the most common team sports, but track and field and tennis are covered as well. Of all of their shutter clicks, photographers Jen Rynda, Brian Krista, Jon Sham, Gene Sweeney Jr., Karl Merton Ferron, Algerina Perna, Lloyd Fox and Kenneth K. Lam compiled some of their favorites from this season. It’s the Best of High School Sports: Spring Edition.
Ravens executive O.J. Brigance, a former linebacker battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease whose presence inspired current players during last season’s Super Bowl run, and his wife Chanda participated in the first pitch ceremony before Thursday evening’s Orioles game for Major League Baseball’s 4 ALS initiative and ALS Awareness Month. The Brigances’ appearance was the latest in a series of moving first pitch ceremonies at Camden Yards.
The scene in the Preakness Infield may have evolved over the years but it still remains “The People’s Party.”
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is a heavy favorite to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. If he bests the field of nine, Orb — who is co-owned by Baltimore county resident Stuart Janney III — will be one big step closer to capturing horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Look through photos of Orb leading up to the Preakness.
Whether you’re preparing for this weekend’s trek to Pimlico, or just a little web curious about its impending horseplay, you should spend some time getting to know the rich and exuberant history of Preakness. Below is a side-by-side glimpse into the evolution of Preakness to give you a little taste of what an estimated 120,000 people should be expecting.
Orb, co-owned by Stuart Janney III, won Kentucky Derby glory Saturday — through the mud — in 2:02.89 to win by 261/27 lengths. Can Orb win the Triple Crown? He’ll have to prove himself again come May 18 at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the second leg of the thoroughbred racing competition. Weigh in on our FB page or in the comments section.
View more photos from the 139th Kentucky Derby.
Longtime Orioles usher Charlie Zill, battling lung cancer, honored at first-pitch ceremony, 7th-inning stretch
Battling lung cancer, Charlie Zill, the longtime Orioles usher celebrated by fans for dressing up in overalls and “Zillbilly” teeth and twirling a fake orange fiddle during the 7th-inning-stretch playing of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” just wanted to attend one more game. Wednesday night, he got that and more, throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to the Orioles’ contest with the Tampa Bay Rays.