MGWalk SF Bay Area 2016

I still remember the first time I volunteered for the MGWalk in 2014.  I had finished shooting my first Starry Night event and had discovered that the MGWalk was having their event two weeks later.  I thought I'd reach out to them to see if they needed a photographer for the event and they excitedly said, "Yes!"  I've helped them out ever since.  I think what draws me back every single year is that I got to know several of the participants and their families.  I was touched by their stories.  And that's what keeps me going back.

The MGWalk is sponsored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.  

This year was a little different in that the previous two years, the weather was nice.  This year, it was stormy and rainy.  But that didn't deter any of the walkers.  In fact, given a choice between the 1 mile distance and the 3 mile distance, a majority of the walkers opted for the 3 mile distance in order to honor those suffering from myasthenia gravis!

Here you can see someone registering for the walk.  He's part of a team.  All of the walkers were part of a team, walking in support of a family member with the disease.

The gentleman in the above photo with the Team Ronald Oliver button is actually a fellow photographer, Darrell Jackson, from Southern California.  Check out his Instagram and Facebook pages.

In the next photo you can see just how heavy the rain was.  But it didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

And here's a team photo.  Even in such heavy rain they'll still walk to honor a loved one.  It's hard not to admire their dedication!

And they're off!  In the rain and in the cold.

And below are two ladies crossing the finish line.

Interestingly enough, the rain tapered off while they were out there and didn't really pick up after that.  It was just a light rain vs the downpour from just an hour earlier.

For this shoot I used my Fuji X-T1 with 50-140mm f/2.8 and Fuji X-T2 with 16-55mm f/2.8.  Both were supposed to be weather sealed, but the X-T2 started to have major problems about an hour into the event.  It's back at the Fuji Repair location as I type this.  I have to admit being disappointed that that X-T2 isn't as weather-sealed as the X-T1.  My X-T1 has been through lots of rainy shoots and downpours just as heavy as during the MGWalk and it experienced no problems at all.  I'm hoping that because of the weather-sealing issue, the X-T2 warranty will cover the repair...