Photography doesn’t always have to be about Art. Sometimes we can take photographs to record important events…although they may only be important to us. And sometimes we can photograph to help others, to publicize an event that needs to be publicized. This was such an occasion: the Second Annual Colorado Wounded Vet Run.
I don’t ride a motorcycle; a truck is more my speed, but several friends from work are heavy into riding. Tamara, one friend, is also an enthusiastic supporter of various charity rides, in particular the Colorado Wounded Vet Run. This fundraiser supports military veterans who have been wounded and have needs beyond what the government will supply. The 2016 Run supported Cpl. Tyler Wilson, who was wounded in 2005 while serving in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He is paralyzed from the waist down. He and his wife want children, but this required a procedure that isn’t covered by VA. You can read more at Colorado Wounded Vet Run (link), and it would be worth your time to check it out…even if, like me, you don’t own a motorcycle. By the way, Cpl. Wilson and his wife were present at the end of the ride, and they happily reported that the procedure was successful. They will soon be parents.
I had never photographed anything like this before, and I had no experience with a “motorcycle run.” I knew I wanted to get some pictures of the motorcyclists and classic cars on the highway, and had originally planned on a location near Castlewood State Park. Unfortunately, the riders were quicker than anyone expected. The traffic on the way didn’t help; Parker was celebrating Oktoberfest–a bit early–and that really slowed me down. But I did find a spot to pull over, climbed into the back of my truck to get some height, and was ready–just–when the riders for the Colorado Wounded Vet Run came down the hill. I could have done better; that’s my only regret.
The end of the Run was at the Stagecoach in Franktown, Colorado. This is a nice bar with an outside stage area where a ceremony was held to honor Cpl. Wilson, his wife, and parents. Cadets from the CU-Boulder ROTC started off the ceremony by presenting the flag, and I guarantee no one took a knee in protest.
After the serious business of the day was completed, there were burgers to eat and beer to drink, all in support of the charity. I didn’t bother to count the number of participants; there were too many, but I can report that there was lots of camaraderie.
If you want to see more photographs, I’ve posted them on Flickr (link) so that the participants can download full-rez photographs for their use. Now that I’ve done one of these, I might be able to do a better job in the future.
But you still ain’t getting me on a motorcycle.