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Dan Bohannon runs in the dark along historic Route 66 between Sampson and Phillipsburg, Mo. on leg #173 of the One Run for Boston relay.

About a week and a half ago I went down to Strafford, Missouri on assignment for the Boston Globe. One of their metro feature writers was coming to the southern part of the state to report on a few legs of the One Run for Boston marathon relay, a 3,300-mile trip from coast to coast that was scheduled to end around midnight Sunday. Three British folks wanted to do something to respond to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, so they organized this relay.

The writer decided to focus on Dan Bohannon, an amateur runner who signed up to run leg #173 which would pass through his home town.

So, we went down a little early and met up with Dan as he watched the relay torch, nicknamed Miles, make its way through Springfield. The 90-plus degree heat meant the pace had slowed a bit, and Dan’s scheduled 8:30 p.m. start time got pushed back closer to 10 p.m.

Now, at 8:30 there was still a little light. By 9:40, it was all gone. Photojournalists are, among other things, problem solvers, so I had to figure out how to make some storytelling images without very much light to work with at all. Here’s what I was able to come up with.

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Dan Bohannon running along a part of Route 66 his grandfather helped pave when it first cut through southern Missouri decades ago.


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Dan Bohannon gets a hug from Kate Treleaven, one of the organizers of the One Run for Boston relay, after completing his leg around midnight.


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Dan Bohannon adds his signature to a banner mapping the route of the One Run for Boston relay.

Once again, I was reminded of why being a photojournalist is one of the greatest things in the world. I got to skip town for a little while and go meet some really cool people doing some really cool stuff in a part of the state I haven’t been to before. And I got paid to do it!

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Darren Maute, an Iraq War veteran from Nixa, Mo. carries an American flag during leg #172, between Marshfield, Mo. and Sampson, Mo. during the One Run for Boston relay.

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Trey Kerby and Zach Kellner prepare to run the 13-mile leg #171 between Strafford, Mo. and Marshield, Mo. as part of the One Run for Boston relay.

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Aaron Tucker, runs along the historic Route 66 between Strafford and Marshfield, Mo. during the One Run for Boston relay. Tucker and three of his teammates from the Drury University cross-country team in Springfield, Mo. signed up to run the leg.

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Richard White, from left, Aaron Tucker and Zach Kellner run into Marshfield, Mo. during the One Run for Boston relay.

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Richard White holds “Miles,” the One Run for Boston relay torch, before setting off on his 13-mile leg.

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