Have you seen Zeddie Little yet? Do you not live and breathe? He’s all over the internet for his 10k photo. He’s like Waldo of Where’s Waldo? fame except the opposite: we all can see him rather easily. Apparently, the fact that he isn’t gasping for air and lacks sweat glands has earned him the web nickname “Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” and his photo has gone viral. (click those links, pretty funny stuff inside . Also, they are the source for the photos.) While it’s true that most of us would rather douse ourselves on fire rather than look at our tongue-hanging, face-contorted, sweat-dripping race photos, I think the kerfuffle over Mr. Little (left side, plum shirt)is a bit misplaced. I’m not saying he isn’t handsome. That smile makes me want to smile too and that’s the nicest thing I’ve ever said about someone on this blog. Here’s the second nicest: I’m heading to MC Sports to look for a plum covered wicking shirt right after I type this.
I’m saying that, if he could release such an effortless, relaxed smile, perhaps he’s not giving an all out effort? C’mon Zeddie, the ole saying isn’t “More Smiles, More Miles”, it’s “No Pain, No Gain”. Can a fellow runner get a small grimace up in here? You’re making everyone else look bad. (See woman in white who appears to be looking for an aid station directly in front of you.)
He finished the race with a nice 47:16 time which places him easily within the top 10 percent of all finishers. He might have been 1323rd place overall but he’s definitely #1 in Fantastic Smiles.
The internets, being what they are, went ahead and photobombed the rest of the people in the shot.