But it’s not the perks that first drew Hunter to the program, after working with Adidas previously as a photographer for its campaigns. “What makes me so excited is to meet new people and just experience life together,” he shares. “And especially in 2019, where everyone’s on their phone all the time, getting together in a physical and social situation is what I really love.”
Getting people together is a way of life for Hunter. He’s better known to many as The Cobra Snake, an internationally famous photographer who documented the L.A. ‘00s party scene exhaustively, along with throwing his own events. But the city native is also an avid runner, who loves to marry his workouts with the outdoors.
“It was so much fun in the early 2000s, going to these clubs and smoke-filled rooms,” says Hunter. “[But] you know, you can only do that for so long until you go a bit crazy. And so then, fitness changed my life. People see me now and they’re like, ‘dude, you have so much more energy.’”
The runs take on different personalities, depending on their location and coach. Hunter’s run, for example, may end with a drink at a Main Street Santa Monica bar (like a recent Halloween run, done in costume, that ended at local-favorite bar Townhouse). On the other hand, the track workouts at Santa Monica High School can be of a higher intensity (no surprise considering that another captain, Bayano Kamani, ran the 400-meter hurdles in two separate Olympic Games).