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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Urban Playground

I caught these two young men practicing their free style running. This urban activity has been known to me for some years, but I have never seen anyone undertake it in Edmonton. I have always enjoyed watching it as it reminds me of modern dance.

As I walked past them and back into the office I overheard one say to the other "I am getting to old for this".
Free Style Running is a sport in which your run full out over an urban environment recklessly jumping, launching and catapulting your self over any encountered obstacle. The opening sequence of James Bond's: Casino Royal is the best example of the sport I have seen.


USelaine said...

Oooh - excellent image composititon on that. I remember an interview with the guy that did the Bond sequence. They wrote it into the movie after they heard about his talent.

Clueless in boston said...

I think everyone is too old for that, but then maybe that is just my age showing.

Great composition on the first photo. I've tried to get stairs like that as a leading line into a picture, but never as successfully as you have.

Ken said...

I remember watching a show on tv about this in France. A little too extreme for me but I do respect their athletic ability.
I just looked it up on wikipedia they call it parkour.

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