50th Annual Chuckanut Foot Race


I’ve been a bit busy with assignments and personal projects. I’ve a lot of blogs or maybe just a few big ones to write so I can play catch-up. First, I’ll post a few quickies from weekend shoots.

On Saturday July 9, 2016, I photographed the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race for The Bellingham Herald. It’s a 7 mile run that starts at Fairhaven Marine Park and ends at Larrabee State Park. The faster runners do it in about 35 minutes, while most average about an hour.

Synching Timers –

Dillon Quintana (291), left in orange, and other competitors start their personal timers at the beginning of the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Dillon Quintana (291), left in orange, and other competitors start their personal timers at the beginning of the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The challenge shooting running races is you have to park at the start, drive to a halfway point for some on trail images, then get to the finish line to capture the winner. The shorter the race, the greater the chance you’ll miss one of those shots. Especially if they’re a straight line race.

Fast on Foot –

Reese Watabayashi, 13, approaches the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. Watabayashi ran the 7 mile course in 57 minutes, 31.2 seconds earning 95th overall and first in the Under 15 division.

Reese Watabayashi, 13, approaches the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. Watabayashi ran the 7 mile course in 57 minutes, 31.2 seconds earning 95th overall and first in the Under 15 division. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Usually when I shoot the start, I try to get the moment the racers hear the buzzer and take off. I got lucky this time as the stance of the racers from left to right look like stills from a video. In the first photo, the gentleman on the left in orange, Dillon Quintana, won overall first place.

Top Three –

Colton Johnsen, back center, gets a high five from a friend as David Larpenteur, left, and Dillon Quintana, right, rest after finishing in the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Colton Johnsen, back center, gets a high-five from a friend as David Larpenteur, left, and Dillon Quintana, right, rest after finishing in the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

After spending 5 minutes shooting the crowd of racers, I hopped in my car and drove to about the halfway point. The first road crossing I came across, I asked one of the volunteers if they passed. She assured me they did and off further down the road I went to find another spot to shoot the racers on course.

*** TIP: Spend a few minutes the night before the race going over the course and designing a game plan. Don’t assume the route is the same as previous years. There could be last-minute changes you do not know about.

Cheering Crowd –

Spectators cheer the runners as they approach the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Spectators cheer the runners as they approach the finish line during the 50th annual Chuckanut Foot Race on Saturday morning July 9, 2016, in Fairhaven, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

A few more tips:

Talk with race organizers before the race. Preferably a day or so ahead to let them know who you are and what you need.

ALWAYS get a roster so you can ID the racers. Things happen fast and you may get a super nice image that does not have one of the winners in it. Having a roster will help you ID the person.

Your best photo will almost never be of the winner. Don’t limit your editing to just the winners. Chose those photos to cover your butt, but also chose a few of your favorites.

For more images from the race, visit my gallery 50th Annual Chuckanut Foot Race.

To see more of my work for the Herald, visit the galleries at My Work for the Bellingham Herald.

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Paul Conrad

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

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