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This year’s Santa Speedo Sprint 2010 in Albany, NY was a lot of fun. This nationwide event, started in Boston in 2000 by five intrepid men, is held every winter to raise money for charities. The Albany Santa Speedo Sprint is organized locally by the great folks at The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy. ASAP (photo above) is a non-profit “with the express purpose of encouraging others to do well by their fellow man. [...] It was started as a way to give back to the Albany area in a way that was enjoyable for all involved; to encourage philanthropy and have a good time while doing so”. And a good time we had. Profits go to the Albany Damien Center, a community center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. You can still pledge or donate.

This was another success for ASAP, the ASAP Daisies, and the many community groups raising funds in Albany. Everything went pretty smoothly and the weather was beautiful, a sunny Saturday miraculously lodged between a frigid Friday and torrents of rain on Sunday. It seems we are on our way to raise more than $20,000 this year. Great work, people!

More in the blog post:

This clip is a small tribute to the opening credit of one of my favorite show as of late, “Parks and Recreation” on NBC. Season 3 is coming soon, it’s never too late to worship Ron Swanson. The first 20 secs are pretty faithful to the frantic show opening. The rest of the clip is a simple linear montage, I have the feeling this is the sort of memories people who participated in this race would be looking for. This very catchy tune was composed for “Parks & Recreation” by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones.

Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L

Same video on YouTube in HD:

Santa Speedo Sprint 2009:

Santa Speedo Sprint 2008:

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