Last night the Vancouver International Marathon Society released images of the 2013 BMO Vancouver Marathon finishers medals. This year there are two designs, one featuring a male and one featuring a female runner. The new finisher medal design features the race logo, slogan “Ran Van”, and a silhouette of a male runner against the skyline of Vancouver.
The silhouette of the male figure featured on both the full and half marathon finishers medals have what many believe to be a striking resemblance to my official 2012 BMO Vancouver Marathon finishers photo.
In my official 2012 finishers photo I can be seen with one arm above my head and the other reaching up. It was at this exact moment that I was doing a little dance to cheer myself up for completing another marathon, despite finishing 20 minutes after my original goal time. I would be photographed again approximately 20 second later, after receiving my finishers medal, completely in tears because I had not reached my personal goal.
Typically when a marathon finisher crosses the finish line they are either looking down at their watch to stop the time on their pace watch, or have both hands high above their head in celebration, smiling for the camera, as it taught by every training clinic.
Assuming the artist who came up with the design, with many rounds of feedback from the Vancouver International Marathon Society stakeholders, it is likely to conceive that my 2012 finishers photo was the most likely source of inspiration in the development of the male silhouette figure. Based on the general position of the figures arms, along with some creative license of adjusting the shape of the head because of the camera angle, and the adjustments of the shorts and legs, it’s a pretty close match-up.
Need further evidence? Last year I was an official blogger for BMO Vancouver Marathon, and am I also one of the most well known and respected bloggers in Vancouver’s running community. Because of this, photos of me are widely available on the internet through Google searches. The creative artist behind the photo would have also had access to all the official race photographer, Marathon Photo, photography, to source inspirational images during the creative development phase.
The race organizers have no officially commented if my photo indeed inspired the silhouette image, but looking at all the facts, there’s a pretty good chance.