True Sabra Logan, founder and director of Iibada Dance Company, leads walkers in an African welcoming dance during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Alex Farris
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2014.08.06
This past weekend's assignments both involved a lot of walking around downtown. The first was Saturday's Walk for Water, an event I covered last year. I wasn't worried about taking a test later the same day, so I was able to be mentally present at the event a lot more completely than I was last summer. So, I tried something outside the box and rented a paddleboat to cover the water-retrieval part. I didn't get the photo I envisioned (the water fetchers didn't throw the buckets out into the canal, so there wasn't a chance to get a photo of one of the buckets hurtling toward the camera just above the water), but it did force me to think differently, which is always good in a photo assignment. The photos went here on the IndyStar website, and two of them got into the paper:

The second assignment, early on Sunday morning, was a triathlon that started in the canal. The Tri-Indy Triathlon snaked up to the Northwestside, but it was centered in White River State Park, where all three segments converged. I found a parking spot in time to cover the start of the sprint-distance race, and really, what part of the race would be better than people jumping into and swimming in the canal? These photos also went up to the IndyStar website, but there was a very unfortunate crop done on photo 4 in that gallery (probably by the website's CMS), so ignore that version of it. Photo 7 here is the full version; it has the all-important walking-on-water aspect that the cropped version lacks.

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Ashley Cox and her friends carry canal water on their heads during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Ashley Cox and her friends carry canal water on their heads during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Alex Farris
Aaron Coats, 13, retrieves water from the canal during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Aaron Coats, 13, retrieves water from the canal during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Alex Farris
Jameson Chapman leads walkers across Michigan Street while carrying canal water during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Jameson Chapman leads walkers across Michigan Street while carrying canal water during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Alex Farris
Rick Grover (front left) leads walkers north along Meridian Street with Mike Peduto of Jubilee Village Project during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Rick Grover (front left) leads walkers north along Meridian Street with Mike Peduto of Jubilee Village Project during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Alex Farris
Sabra Logan, founder and director of Iibada Dance Company, leads walkers in an African welcoming dance during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Sabra Logan, founder and director of Iibada Dance Company, leads walkers in an African welcoming dance during the third annual Walk for Water event downtown, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The event raised money for a community clean-water well in Kager, Kenya. Attendees walked from American Legion Mall to the canal, filled buckets with water and walked back to the mall, simulating the path villagers without clean water have to take every day. Alex Farris
A swimmer turns up for air during the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 in the Indiana Central Canal. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. A swimmer turns up for air during the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 in the Indiana Central Canal. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Alex Farris
A swimmer jumps into the Indiana Central Canal to begin the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. A swimmer jumps into the Indiana Central Canal to begin the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Alex Farris
A swimmer jumps into the Indiana Central Canal to begin the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. A swimmer jumps into the Indiana Central Canal to begin the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Alex Farris
A cyclist and a runner complete the second and third legs of the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. A cyclist and a runner complete the second and third legs of the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Alex Farris
Runners cross the finish line together during the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Runners cross the finish line together during the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Alex Farris
A runner races toward the finish line during the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. A runner races toward the finish line during the Tri-Indy Triathlon, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. The triathlon route was centered at White River State Park and went as far north as the Major Taylor Velodrome. Alex Farris

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