50 METERS WITH TINMAN ELITE

From the Artist, Ben Weingart:

When we started this project, I had no idea what the final product would look like. After 12 months and countless miles—I stood in front of 20 images that showcased both the emergence and growth of Tinman Elite, and my development as a photographer and artist.

I’ve always known the Tinmen were special. From the first time I met Sam in the basement of a bar during Boston Marathon weekend, to sharing sweet potato pancakes with Reed after his breakout performance in Des Moines at USA’s, to talk of big dreams and the steps necessary to get there—I’ve seen the team become what they pride themselves in being: a family.

As atrophied muscles and minds have become resilient and dynamic, I’ve witnessed the brotherhood, the compassion, and the excitement firsthand. From five mavericks to an unruly mob, the Tinmen’s athletic accolades have grown and their momentum builds.

Sam and I often talk about leaving running better than we found it. For me, this sport has shaped both who I am in front of and behind the lens, and I cannot imaging walking away from it until I’ve given back in some way. I originally dreamed that this donation to “aerobic culture” would be through my performance as an athlete. But the more I’ve been able to peer behind the curtain that covers the running industry, the more I’ve learned: to make a difference all you need is unrelenting passion. It’s that passion that led me to take a leap of faith, flying out to Colorado on little more than a PBR-fueled conversation and a few Instagram DMs. It’s that passion the stoked the belief that this story is worth telling, and worth telling in the right way. And it’s the same passion found in the bravado of every every athlete, elite or otherwise, that throws up the Tinman axes—unrelenting, compassionate, and pure.

I used to think that we were going to change running—but now I believe it.

We wanted this exhibition, encapsulating a year of growth, to live on. To be available to anyone who is interested. From the steep banks of the Boston University Indoor track, where the project was originally unveiled, to you with love and passion.

-b.w. and the Tinmen

April 2018
Boston, MA

June 2018
Boulder, CO

June 2018
Boulder, CO

June 2018
Boulder, CO

June 2018
Boulder, CO

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June 2018
Des Moines, IA

June 2018
Des Moines, IA

June 2018
Des Moines, IA

June 2018
Des Moines, IA

June 2018
Des Moines, IA

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Nederland, CO

December 2018
Nederland, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO

December 2018
Boulder, CO


All photos captured by Ben Weingart.