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Zach Hetrick, Photographer (Live at the NYRR Run Center)

“The coolest thing about New York City running is that everybody is equal. I try to do that in photography. You might not be the fastest runner but what you’re doing is just as cool. You’re running the same race as everybody else and it’s as heroic of an effort as everyone else. The way I photograph now is that I realize this person is a hero but this other person is also a hero. Getting to tell hero stories daily in New York is really cool because back home everyone who lives in New York is a hero.”

Zach Hetrick is the co-founder of Sprint Step, Inc, which is a content creation agency that specializes in photo storytelling and event recaps. He is undoubtedly one of the city’s best sports photographers who has done work for major sportswear companies but is also rooted in capturing some of the best images of everyday New York City runners. At the same time, he does some impressive running of his own (many times with a camera in his hands). Aside from maybe seeing his work on Instagram or his handle in photo credits, not too many people know Zach’s story which goes back to Fort Wayne, Indiana. We’re here to bring it to you. We’ll dive into his past to learn where he picked up his quick instincts, speed and practice as a photographer and runner. Plus, he’ll share what he’s learned from shooting and being up close with the likes of world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan, Boston/New York and silver medal winner Meb Keflezighi and more.

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