The 2016 Running of the Interns

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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The Running of the Interns is a time-honored D.C. tradition that takes place at the Supreme Court.

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You may ask: “Why are these interns running?”

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The answer lies in the iron-clad, antiquated Rules of the Supreme Court.

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Visual recording devices are strictly forbidden inside the Supreme Court. When a big decision gets handed down, broadcasters from every network gather up in front of the Court with their cameras and crews. They need to get the decision as fast as possible once it is handed down.

The fastest way to receive the decision and read it on air is for an intern to run the decision, printed out, from the clerk’s office inside the Court outside to the waiting broadcast teams.

Correspondents for major networks wait anxiously in front of the Court, praying that their intern is the fastest.

The run is approximately one-eighth of a mile.

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Some correspondents, like Fox News’s Shannon Bream, wear running shoes in solidarity.

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Bream, whose co-worker Jason Donner is a past winner of the Running of the Interns, tells Independent Journal Review that there is fierce competition on her staff as to who gets to run the decisions every year.

She adds that her interns have even been approached by running companies for athletic sponsorships.

This year’s huge decision was Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Court’s biggest ruling on abortion in half a century.

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Hundreds gathered early in front of the court and cheered loudly for both sides. Here is what the interns saw as they ran.

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When decision time came down, there was only one intern to rule them all: CBS News intern Gregory Briker.

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We used 4 cameras to capture Gregory, who is the Usain Bolt of interns.

Gregory beat his competition by what some may refer to as ‘a damn country mile.’

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Here is where Gregory was at 10:05 AM, moments after the ruling was handed down.

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Here is where Gregory’s competition was, some time later in the week.

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Even last year’s American Pharaoh of interns, Lauren from CNBC, was impressed:

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Armed with a hard copy of the decision an eternity before other news teams, the CBS legal experts inform.

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Gregory tells us the run is “kinda like the Olympics.”

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“All my training by running in business clothes has finally paid off,” Mr. Briker, a native of Rockland County New York and current Harvard student, tells IJR.

Bricker was amazed at how loud the crowd was cheering as he rounded the corner. “It was like you were approaching the finish line at the Olympics,” he said. “It was pretty exciting.”

Briker’s advice to future running of the interns after his tremendous victory, “Stretch and eat a good breakfast.”

Bricker’s breakfast this morning was Cheerios.

Gregory wore these sweet kicks to accomplish his feat.

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Here is how happy Gregory made his CBS legal team.

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All interns who ran are heroes. They are an inspiration to all of us.

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See you next year, interns!

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