Running is a huge passion for me. Last year, I was lucky enough to join a charity group that trains runners to complete endurance events while raising funds for cancer research. Thanks to my coaches, captains and team-mates, I completed the Marine Corps Marathon. I didn't set any land speed records, but I did crawl across that finish line. . .

Now, I am planning to photograph a marathon for other volunteers in the same program. I am excited, but also a bit apprehensive about this. I've done a bit of volunteer work for them before, but each event is very different. If I don't get the shot I want the first time, I really can't ask the runner to go back over that hill again while I get the lighting right!

Any tips from photographers who have photographed marathons and similar events before? I would love to hear them. . .

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Photo credits: Charles Sichel-outcalt, Lidps.

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It did go well--thanks, Rebecca. I donated the shots to the runners for their own use. I think I got some good images.


hope this photo shot went well, given me an idea to start taking pics of local races!!


Great idea, Ann. I'll be volunteering at the pre-race expo tomorrow, and so that should give me a chance to talk with previous runners about the course. If the weather cooperates, I am planning to hop on my bike so I can zip around to different vantage points. Of course, biking with an enormous lens, at 6 am, will be quite a challenge!

Thanks again for the tip, and for your kind comments on my photos!


no tips for you. hope you can handle it.

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