Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Best & Worst Race Photos

by Meghann on December 8, 2009

Hey Guys!

I promise to be back to regular posting soon, but in the mean time here’s some best and worst running photos to entertain you.

Take note on which ones you think are the best and which ones are just hilariously bad. In the comments leave your choices and I will list a top 5 for each category to vote on next week. The winners will get a sweet prize!


Brie from The Fit Bride (5K)

“I always look like I am going to die in race photos…I lost the worst ones though!”

“My fiance can’t take a race finish photo to save his life…this is my first race ever ’finish photo.’ I’m not actually in it, that’s the guy that finished behind me”


Monica from Run Eat Repeat

“Well, none of these pics are particularly funny (unless you get a kick out of someone sweating through their shorts). Now I am on a mission to be funny at my next race :)”

Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach

“It was my first full and I was dying, but when I spotted Ben with the camera I smiled and waved. I can be such a ham.”


Long Beach Half Marathon

“And for some reason my pics always look like I’m barely running. Pick up those feet Monica! I don’t have a good finish line photo either. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who throws their arms up victoriously at the finish, but I’m always too tired. “


Kristie from VeganinDairyland Thanksgiving Day 10k

“What’s funny is that I actually saw the photographer… that’s why I am sort of giving the thumbs up in the picture.”


Melissa from Trying to Heal

Dana Point 10k Turkey Trot

“Ok, it’s not horrible, but I was trying so hard to be caught smiling like all of your pics! i envy yours all the time!”


San Antonio Half Marathon

“I guess all these were bad cause you can barely see me!”


Carolyn from Losing Loving. Peninsula Pumpkin 5k

“I ran a race on Halloween this year and it was costumes optional. I decided to go as SuperWoman!! :)”



“This is me running my FIRST half-marathon in Baltimore in October. This photo was taken around mile 8 or 9 when I was getting my second wind. I made an extra effort to pose really cheesy for the photographers, because it gave me a burst of energy each time! I finished the race perfectly on pace, go me!

I’m also pleased that this photo is so flattering :)”


Molly from the Vegan Dorm


Dori from Dori’s Shiny Blog

Poland Spring 5 Mile Marathon Kickoff

“I only have one because for some reason I am never in finish line photos, even if the people I ran side by side with are. Or the people who finished 1 second before and after me are.

That is me on the right, dressed in black and smiling randomly during the Poland Spring 5 Mile Marathon Kickoff. My race recap is here.



“I wish this was easier to see, but I have this series of photos where my tongue is sticking out of the side of my mouth in every single one! Here is one of them. Also my shorts seem to be riding up awfully high.”



“I don’t really think I have any good race photos, I just always have a SUPER concentrated look on my face, but I like the Furry 5K photo because me and my boyfriend are in almost the exact same stride and he is waving and smiling. He is almost always smiling and is really cute. So Furry 5K wins!”


“My Leavenworth Half is an example of how my usual photos look… like a tired T-Rex. What am I doing with my hand??? Oh yeah, Half Marathon Photo Credit: Copyright © 2009 Jon Brunk Photography”



Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon, April 2009, in NYC’s Central Park

“I’m wearing a black shirt in the half-marathon photos. It was a freakishly warm day – I think it was over 85? – very warm for New York City in April, that’s for sure! They eventually cancelled the marathon because we didn’t start until 8:30 am and it would have been too draining for folks to run a full marathon under the hot midday sun.
My girlfriend Jess came to cheer me on and took the first photo as I was running towards her to give her a big sweaty hug. I think at that point I was at the 6-mile mark and feeling great.”


The Gay and Lesbian Pride Run (a 5 miler) also in Central Park, in June 2009.

“I ran the Pride Run with Tommy (which was so much fun – we’re both gay) and we had a blast. I’m showing off my race sweat in the photo with the green shirt, and Tommy’s showing off our adorable race t-shirt in our subway station.”



“I did my first sprint triathlon a few months ago and during the race portion my friend and I ran together. (Great decision.) However, I really had to go to the bathroom and was extremely tired and ready to be DONE. Hence the picture – I am the one on the right, obviously! There were a few pictures but this is by far the worst! Can you tell I need to work on my running? 🙂 Overall it was a great experience, though, I just wasn’t thinking that at this point!”



“It is from the Komen Race for the Cure (5K) in June of this year. I was about 2/3 of the way through my treatments for breast cancer and was so proud that out of 5,000 survivors running/walking, I was the 4th Survivor to cross the finish line with a time of 25:00! I had a goal of running this race since I was diagnosed in Sept 08. And with the help and support of my hubby, kids, and other family and friends, I did it. It was an awesome experience, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”


Jeri from Jer Bear Share

The good: Mile 8 of the Sioux Falls Half Marathon Sept. 09


The bad: Sucking wind in the horrible altitude after my 3rd leg of the Wild West Relay Aug 09


Caitlin from the Healthy Tipping Point

Gasparilla 5k

“the only thing that would make this race photo better is if we were holding sweaty hands”


Tyler from Raspberry Runner

“I’m not really sure whether to classify this as a best or worst race photo. While I definitely don’t look very cute, feminine, or happy, it is by far my favorite race photo. This was taken at the end of my first triathlon in April 2008, and you can tell I was going all out for the finish!”



“I ran the Seattle marathon in June 2009 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. My dad passed away 5 years ago of Leukemia. Needless to say, my mom (on the left) was very proud of my accomplishment-it clearly brought tears to her eyes. It kind of brings tears to mine just looking at it.”



“In October, I ran my first race…a 10K. I thought I was prepared because according to my watch I hit the 10K a few weeks prior to the race. A little over halfway through the race I thought the race was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life! BUT I FINISHED!! I was so proud that I finished, but I had to know why I struggled so badly. My Nike Plus watch was callibrated wrong and was off by a quarter of a mile! I was really only running a little over four. Crazy! So this picture is the best because I finished and the worst because it’s just a bad picture!”



“This pic was taken from The Dave Jacobs Classic 2008, a race that takes place every summer in British Columbia, Canada. The division I competed in was a 4 person relay team, we each did 5 km to complete the 20 km race and we won gold!!!. I have done this race in the past in the 10 km single division as well…it is very fun!”


Leslie and Her Little Dog Too

“I recently ran the Philly Half, where I set a new PR, and I love this
pic because it seems very in the moment and everything is fuzzy around
the side because everyone is moving so fast. I just love it. Recap here.”


“ Pic from the NYC Half which I purchased because I LOVE the picture in Times Square. It was so cool. You can check out that recap here


“And finally is Broad Street, my first long distance where I completed
and surprised myself by how great I felt at the end. I was so proud of
myself at this moment. Recap here


Whitney in Chicago

Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Ashley from Fashionably Fit

“This photo was taken as I headed toward the finish line of my first 5K on Sept. 19. I felt like I was in slow motion, but I was determined to finish strong and run the entire thing. I ended up finishing in 32:51, which may not be fantastic, but for someone who couldn’t run a quarter mile when I started running on June 14, it was an unbelievable accomplishment. I love this photo because you can see the determination on my face. My boyfriend says he can’t look at it without hearing “Eye of the Tiger,” hahaha.

The race recap for that 5K is here.”


Lilly from Lily’s Health Pad

“As my boyfriend put it, “not only does your face look distressed, but your entire body looks distressed too!”. Not to mention, my stomach looks as if it is flowing over the top of my pants. This photo was taken at the completion of my very first half marathon. At this point in my life, I had a lot of running experience but had never run more than a 10k. When a friend suggested that we run the Myrtle Beach Half marathon, I reluctantly agreed. On race day, I felt totally unprepared for what was ahead because I had not followed any sort of scheduled training plan. Amazingly, I finished my first half in 1:57:26! I was shocked to have finished in under two hours. As evidenced by this photo, reaching the finish line in that time was a painful experience.”


“This was taken as I was sprinting to the end of the Myrtle Beach Marathon in 2008. This was my very first (and at this point, only) marathon that I have run. I properly trained and was better prepared for this race, hence the more relaxed facial expression. Completing this marathon is what I consider one of my life’s greatest accomplishments.”

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“I am very new to running…I actually could not run more than 15 seconds at a time. While training to be a better runner I lost 20 pounds and decided to do my first race.

The race I chose is the Livestrong 5k Race in Austin, TX. I had ton of fun doing it, and wish that I would have done one sooner. After seeing my finish time when I came in I was overcome with emotion and thirst! “




“Best: This is when I crossed the finish line, at my first marathon. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, and the feeling behind can only be described as freedom.I felt free from all the self-doubt and negativity that I had put on myself, over the years. I NEVER thought I could accomplish a 26.2 mile run, and I finally worked hard and proved to myself that I could do anything I set my mind to.”


“Worst: This was right after my 2nd marathon, at San Diego Rock n Roll. I pushed myself way to hard at the end, and felt dehydrated and nauseous. I felt like I was going to throw up, and laid there for about 10 minutes, till I felt “normal” again.”



“I think it’s a horrible picture. This is me about a month ago finishing my first 10k! “


Brittany from Eating Bird Food

“This picture was taken just as I was entering the finish line of my first half marathon in November of 2008. My cousin and I ran the whole race together and finished in 2:05:03!! 13.1 is the longest either of us had ever run (still to this day). The runners high after running this race was truly amazing -it even outweighed the soreness of my poor legs! “



“I was predicted to place 15th at the race and the top 15 go on to states, so I was pretty nervous. The race started out well, however around the last 800m or so (5K race), my body just started slowing down more and more and I knew I needed to stop. I kept looking for a coach but couldn’t find one, then I realized I needed to finish this race. My legs felt so weird and I stumbled once and got back up and s l o w l y made it to the finish line, which I collapsed at and was immediately carried aside and taken to the hospital. No worries, I was back to normal a day later and they figured out I’m hypoglycemic (along with being very stressed about the race) so I just need to make sure I fuel properly.”

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Paige from Two Runners and a Brown Dog

“The race was a really tough, hilly 5K. It’s my favorite picutre, because you can see the determination on my face. I had also been spending a lot of time in the gym, and I had no idea that my arms and legs actually had “cuts!” When I saw this picture, I was like, “Whoa! Is that me?””


Don’t forget to list your favorite best and worst photos in the comment section! 🙂

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