Photos: The Running of the Supreme Court Interns

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Interns run with the decision that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry on June 26. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A quarter of a mile is the distance interns must run to deliver decisions by the nine Supreme Court justices to their network anchors preparing to broadcast the news.

Wearing sneakers and dresses or suits, and running chaotically to the area where broadcasters are stationed outside the court, interns representing various media organizations on Friday sprinted to deliver the decision to make gay marriage the law of the land in the United States. The previous day, they sprinted frantically to deliver the news that the court upheld tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

The Supreme Court bans televised and electronic recording. When a major decision is expected to be handed down by the justices, interns line up inside the court to wait for the printout of the rulings.

The justices still need to decide on four final cases before the end of the term next week.

Here's a look at a few participants, past and present, in the so-called running of the interns.

interns2 An intern with a media organization runs with the decision of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project on June 25. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

interns3 CNN intern Jessica McHugh runs with the results of the Supreme Court case on the police right to search cellphones on June 25, 2014. Gary Cameron/Reuters

interns4 Onlookers applaud as a news assistant sprints out of the court on June 25, 2013. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

interns5 A news assistant sprints out of the court to bring copies of the rulings to his media organization on June 25, 2013. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters