This weekend, Vermont threw all sorts of weather at us. Saturday morning I awoke to drizzle and rain, so I packed up my car with extra rain gear and headed to Shelburne to photograph the Race Vermont Half Marathon for SkiPix.com. Rayne, the race coordinator, assured all of the volunteers that he had put in for no rain, so we should stay dry. Well, it didn’t pour all day, but it definitely rained hard at times and I was glad to have a good rain jacket and umbrella.
Runners didn’t seem deterred at the registration table. There was steady traffic both inside when people were picking up their packets, and outside where runners were warming up.
Spirits seemed high during the pre-race pep-talk. Apparently there were multiple events going on in Shelburne this weekend, including Lacrosse games and school open houses, all within a half mile from the Field House in Shelburne, making for a lot of extra people in the area. As usual, Rayne stressed safety over everything else encouraging runners to run without their iPods because of all the added traffic. I would get bored, but I can see the reasoning behind the advice.
I set up shop near at Shelburne Farms, near mile marker 9 I think, just as people were exiting the grounds. It was raining as I set up my camera and other gear, but when the first runners came through it had stopped and it looked like we were in for a few hours without precipitation.
It was interesting that some people were running past in tights, long sleeves, and some wearing gloves/hats/jackets, while others were in the bare minimum, coping with the cold, rainy, Vermont weather quite well.
As usual, there are always a few who are willing to pose creatively for the camera or at least give a friendly smile and a wave.
And then the skies opened up again, drenching runners. This guy was running with his wife for their anniversary. I can’t recall how many years, but I think it’s a great way to celebrate!
His wife was lucky; Vermont decided to stop raining by the time she got to me.
There are some stretches where it must be pretty lonely in the rain.
While the runners at least stay warm, if not dry, through the race, the volunteers get pretty chilly when the temperatures drop and the rain kicks up. Race Vermont has a lot of volunteers at every race I’ve been to; the event couldn’t happen without them. Many of the runners make a point to thank each and every volunteer they pass, which is a nice touch I think.
Even in the cold, the volunteers are cheering on competitors and generally having a good time.
As the last runners passed me, I packed up my photo gear and headed towards the finish to see if I could catch some expressions as people completed their race and were able to get out of the rain. Some people were happy, some were relieved, and others broke down in tears as they successfully finished their first half marathon. Congratulations!
As is evident by the photo above, I wasn’t the only photographer at the event, but I bet I took the most photos! You can see all of the Race Vermont Half Marathon Photos at SkiPix.com.