Monday, June 30, 2014


Look at this mountain biker!

Turning almost 180 degrees to the left--

and then almost 90 degrees to the right!
in a seamless, sinuous flow!

He swam half a mile in a New England pond
and then biked 11 miles on a technical course.

Now he rolls into T2--

jumps off his bike--
and runs into the transition area--

--without any pause 

or break in his rhythm.

Poetry in motion!



Action photo of a mountain biker doing a rolling dismount from his bicycle at the XTERRA French River Triathlon in Oxford, MA (June 29, 2014).  Sports photography by Ken Skier, aka Run with Ken (RunwithKen.com)
Mountain biker dismounting in motion...



Action photo of a mountain biker running his bicycle into the transition area at the XTERRA French River Triathlon in Oxford, MA (June 29, 2014).  Sports photography by Ken Skier, aka Run with Ken (RunwithKen.com)
...and running into the transition area!

Photographed at the 
XTERRA French River Triathlon
in Oxford, MA (June 29, 2014).

Thanks, MRA MultiSport and XTERRAPlanet
for putting on this great race!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Up-close action photo of open water swimming at the Greendale Triathlon in Worcester, MA.  Sports photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, The Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
At the Greendale Triathlon in Worcester, MA (June 1, 2014)

What is more powerful
(and at the same time, more poetic)
than the froth and fury of an open water swimmer?

Gliding...surging...
slicing through turbulent water
under a calm blue sky.

This swimmer was an arm's-length from me
as we swam in the Greendale Triathlon.

(Yes, I was swimming as I took this photo.
I didn't stop or slow my stroke.
After all--I was in a race!)

I love open water swimming!
My favorite part of any triathlon.

If you love a Tri, come to Oxford, MA 
(just south of Worcester)
 tomorrow (Saturday, June 28, 2014)
or Sunday, June 29.

You can swim, bike, and run
in an off-road triathlon either day.

(Not a swimmer?  Then you can
kayak or standup-paddle--SUP--instead!)

It's all part of the XTERRA French River Festival--

produced by the same people
who brought us the Greendale Triathlon.

for putting on this great weekend of triathlons!

See you in the water!


Up-close action photo of open water swimming at the Greendale Triathlon in Worcester, MA.  Sports photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, The Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)

Wallum Lake in Douglas, MA.   May 17, 2014

Look at this trail runner!
Floating like a butterfly to the finish line!

I had just run the course myself, and jogged back
from the finish line to cheer for the other runners.

This was at the XTERRA Trail Series (MA #1) on May 17.

The next race in the series is tomorrow
(Saturday, June 28):

The XTERRA French River Trail Run.

This race in Oxford, MA (just south of Worcester)
has two options: you can run an 8K or an 18K course.

I expect to see THIS happy trail runner...and many others!

Up-close action photo of a happy trail runner at the XTERRA Trail Race (MA #1) at Wallum Lake in Douglas, MA (May 17, 2014).  Photo by Ken Skier, the Running Photographer (RunwithKen.com)
Happy trail runner at the XTERRA Trail Race (MA #1) at Wallum Lake in Douglas, MA (May 17, 2014)

Thanks, MRA MultiSport and XTERRAPlanet
for putting on this great race series!

P.S.  There are more races in this series.
Come join the fun!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

up-close action photo of runners at the 2013 Pat Polletta 2-mile Rail-Trail Race in Salisbury, MA.  Photo by Ken Skier, the Running Photographer: Sports Photography from Inside the Pack! RunwithKen.com
Runners at the Pat Polletta 2-mile Rail-Trail Race in Salisbury, MA. June 21, 2013 

 Summer is here!

The days are long and lazy.

Come celebrate the new season with a 
flat, fast, early evening race:


The race is at 6:30 pm tomorrow night 
(Friday, June, 27, 2014)

The photo above is from last year's race.
I took it as I was running.

That runner was just behind me.
(He passed me a moment later.)

Yes, I was running as I took this photo.
Didn't stop or slow my pace.
(After all--I was in a race!)

After tomorrow's race, enjoy the company 
of your fellow runners at the 
Winner's Circle Sports Bar, with:

Woodstock Brew
Sal's Pizza
raffles
50/50
DJ

--all while supporting a great cause: 
Adaptive Sports Partners 

(a registered public charity that enriches
 the quality of life of people with disabilities 
through opportunities for year-round
 sport & recreation.)


What better way to start your weekend?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ace race photographer Scott Mason at the Mt. Washington Road Race in Gorham, NH (June 21, 2014)


is known the world over as a grueling, relentless grind.  

You run up a grade that is steeper 
than any hill you have ever encountered.

And it doesn't quit.
Ever.

For 7.6 miles you force one leg after the other...
Up.  
and steeper
And Up.

There are no flat spots.
No downhills.

No relief.

Just an endless wall that saps the will
and makes strong men cry.

At the summit, the winds of winter howl with a vengeance.

You stand there, soaked in your sweat
 as the harshest gale of February flails your bare skin.

And you smile.
You dance.

Because you ran up Mt. WASHINGTON!!!!

When a friend drives you down to the base of the mountain,
you find other friends.

I found Scott Mason:
known throughout the mountain running community
for his awesome photography of mountain runners...

....and known to a fortunate few
 for his skill as a brewmaster.

When I found Scott he still had some bottles in his cooler:
Rockpile IPA.

A special brew, made with loving care to recharge
those of us who ran up Mt. Washington.

He'd saved a bottle for me.
I sipped it slowly.

Nectar of the Gods!

Thanks, Scott!

I can't share Scott's beer with you...
but I can share his photos!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dramatic, up-close sports photography of Wheelworks Multisport Triathlon Team members open water swimming at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. Photo by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer (RunwithKen.com)


Walden Pond in Concord, MA 
is well-known to any student of American literature:

“I went to the woods
 because I wished to live deliberately..."

― Henry David Thoreau
Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

But it is equally well-known to triathletes
and other open water swimmers north and west of Boston.

A glacial bowl filled with blue water!
No motorcraft!

A mecca for athletes who wish to swim under the sky!

On June 15, 2014, the Wheelworks Multisport TriathlonTeam
gathered at Walden to swim in the cool blue.

I joined them,
Swam with them.
And took some photos as I swam!

(Yes, I was swimming as I took these photos.  
I did not stop or slow my stroke.  After all--
I was swimming with the others, "inside the pack"!)


Dramatic, up-close sports photography of Wheelworks Multisport Triathlon Team members open water swimming at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. Photo by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer (RunwithKen.com)
Wheelworks MultiSport Team at Walden Pond. in Concord, MA.  June 15, 2014

Thanks, Wheelworks MultiSport Triathlon Team
for inviting me to join you!

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Don't get too close to this screen!
You might get wet!

I shot this video from "inside the pack"
at the 2014 Lost Sailor Swim--
a one-mile open water swim race
in Amesbury, MA.

(Yes, I was swimming.
I did not stop or slow my stroke.
After all--I was in a race!)

This swimmer was just inches from me
as he swam past:

Up-close action photo of open water swimming at the 2014 Lost Sailor Swim in Amesbury, MA.  Photo by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer
At the Lost Sailor Swim in Amesbury, MA.  May 25, 2014


Thanks, Rut Race Series, for
putting on this great race!

Up-close action photo of open water swimming at the 2014 Lost Sailor Swim in Amesbury, MA.  Photo by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer


See you at the next race!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wallum Lake in Douglas, MA.   May 17, 2014


Look at them!
Floating effortlessly to the finish line!

These are the winning male and female runners

at the 8K XTERRA Trail Race (MA #1) in Douglas, MA.

Winning male runner at the 8K XTERRA Trail Race (MA #1) in Douglas, MA.   May 17, 2014
First male runner

Cameras I placed near the finish line

captured these photos and video.

(I was not at the finish line yet.

I was well behind these two runners--
running the race, myself! :)

We ran up and down muddy singletrack
and finally emerged onto this fire road.

A few yards away: the finish line!



Winning female runner at the 8K XTERRA Trail Race (MA #1) in Douglas, MA.   May 17, 2014
First female runner

Thanks, MRA MultiSport and XTERRAPlanet
for putting on this great race!

P.S.  There are more races in this series.
Come join the fun!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dramatic up-close photo of runners at a classic New England farm, at the Spring Sprint Duathlon in North Andover, MA. Photo by Ken Skier...the
At the Spring Sprint Duathlon in North Andover, MA (May 4, 2014)

We burst from the starting line and
poured down the road--

but not just any road!

This road winds through a classic New England farm:
Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA.

As you can see:
the sky was dark but
our spirits were bright!

(Yes, I took this photo as I was running.
I did not stop or slow my pace.
After all--I was in a race!)

The Spring Sprint Duathlon is produced by 
Streamline Events and Breakaway Computraining.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


A triathlon or duathlon is not just about speed.
It's about transition:

Transforming from one type of athlete
to another in an instant!

I had run 5K on the road...
then biked 13 miles on rolling roads...
and was approaching the transition area
when a camera on my bike shot this
action video of the cyclist behind me.

That's a duathlon:
Run!
Bike!
Then run again!

Dramatic up-close photo of a open water swimming at a New England lake

See you at the next race!




Saturday, June 7, 2014


Early one June morning...
my friend John joined me for a swim
across a lake, north of Boston.

I had a camera with me
(big surprise!)
and shot this video of John
as we swam under the clear blue sky.

(Yes, I was swimming.
Did not stop or slow my stroke.
After all--
we were swimming together!)

Dramatic up-close photo of a open water swimming at a New England lake


How close were we as we swam?

Close enough for me to feel the spray
as it flew from John's outstretched hand!



See you in the open water!

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