Monday, January 4, 2010

Best Running Photos from 2009

We did a lot of running last year, and Shannon took a lot of great photos.
She carries her camera while running races, and not only gets good pictures, but runs pretty damn fast while doing it. She is also willing to lay on the ground to get a good angle, or get a start line shot and then jump back into the corral without a second to spare.
In fact, this blog would be worthless without her pictures.

So, here are my favorite running photos that Shannon took in 2009. If you have time, please leave a comment to vote for your favorite. Or let me know if I left one out. Thanks.
(All pictures by Shannon Johnstone)

#1: 10 year old Halee Enderle flying to the finish
of The Carying Place 5K
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#2: A great finish line photo from the Cary Turkey Trot. Heiko Rath shows the pain of an 8K, with two other finishers catching their breath behind him. In the distance, runners stream out of the fog.
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#3: One of the wonderful volunteers from the Umstead Marathon
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#4: From the Triple Lakes trail race.
This guy shows the spirit of a trail race.
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#5: The manure puddle in action from the Godiva Misery Run
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#6: Ultra marathoners are a little different
than your typical 5K road racer.
This is from the Umstead 100, which we were spectators only.
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#8: The eventual winner of the City of Oaks Marathon,
cruising through the rain
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#9: From Run at the Rock. This doesn't really show how muddy it really was, but I like the winding line of
runners so focused on the trail.
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#10: The ghosts of runs past. From a full moon run
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#11: From the Cary Road Race 5K. It is a split second after the gun went off, as you can see the feet just an inch off the ground.
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#12: Post race, from Triple Lakes Trail race
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#13: The marathon start, from Triple Lakes Trail race
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#14: The best finishers prize I have ever received
(I think I took this one!)
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#15: Three very intense and fast looking guys owning the start line at The Buddy Run 5K. The rest of pack, including me, was standing 5 feet behind them, afraid to even get close.
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#16: My sister Monique and I, from The Capital Tourist 20K
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#17: Magnificent Mile start
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