Yesterday, I had the immense pleasure and honor to spectate at the sport I love so passionately! On March 19th 2016, 329 individual runners set off to complete the HAT 50K endurance race. This was the target race that my running group with CCR had been training for. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to run this, as I am still off due to last weekend’s marathon, so I decided that I would show up to support in anyway possible. I also decided to practice a passion of mine that has been developing for about a year and half now, photography. I’ll talk about this in a moment here.
That morning, the four musketeers (our self proclaimed name since we run together on other days that we don’t meet with the larger group) met up to carpool to race. Accompanied by great racing friends and a spouse or two, we made our way up to race. With bad weather looming (A.K.A. snow… really snow in march?!), we weren’t expecting too much in the way of sights. But mother nature decided to spice up the morning, and delivered a soft, yet stunning sunrise!
With registration completed and everyone checked in, we made our way to the start line and drop bag location. The runners made their final preparations, and headed to the start line. The race started and everyone took off.
My goal of being here was to be there for anyone and everyone who just needed someone there encouragement to keep going. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly face in and some words of encouragement to keep you going. And I definitely think I was able to do that!
My other goal was to capture everyone doing something they love! I have been slowly nurturing my an interest in photography, specifically landscapes and sports. There are all these little moments that given the right eye, a good sense of creativity, and some know-how with a camera can be captured for everyone to see. When I trail run, I have my little sports digital camera with me. It gets the job done plus its waterproof, shockproof, and trail runner proof. But what I haven’t been able to do is take my larger camera out for a real test drive. Sadly, I just don’t see how running for 20 miles with a 200 mm lens is possible. Today I really wanted to test my skills and see if I could get some good shots of my friends! One of the best perks about races is to see the photos of you doing what you really love to do, so I wanted to make sure that I captured that for all my friends.
Today, I discovered a few things:
- I am a photographer. Amateur at best, but a photographer none the less.
- The CCR ultra running group is filled with a bunch beasts! All of them finished under 8 hours. Tough race for tougher runners.
- Its not always about time, pace, speed, or place. Its about finishing. Its about the friends. And its about knowing you did your best.