Thursday, January 3, 2013

Best of 2012 Part III: Mountain Running

Photographing sporting events started slow in 2012 as the snowshoe racing season never really got off the ground with lack lustre snowfall.  The 2012 mountain running season was as exciting as ever with both the men's and women's US National Mountain Running Teams being selected in two races 20 minutes from where I live in sweet home New Hampshire. 

My personal interest in mountain and trail running continues to grow with beautiful venues and inspiration from both the physical prowess and down to earth kindness of the athletes.  I also had the good fortune to have several photos published for a couple of different running outlets both online and in print.  This year, I not only documented the races but also launched a new project called the Mountain Runner Portrait Project...  A look at these fast athletes standing still. 

I hope you enjoy my favorite mountain running images of 2012.

Marco De Gasperi
Italy's Marco De Gasperi, 6 time World Mountain Running Champion
Mt Cranmore Hill Climb Race    Conway, NH

Max King
Max King, 2011 US and World Mountain Running Champion
Mt. Washington Road Race     Mt. Washington, NH

Women's Start
The start of the 2012 Loon Mountain Race and the Women's National Mountain Running Championship.   Lincoln, NH

Jim Johnson wins Loon
Jim Johnson wins the 2012 Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH

Stevie Kremer
Stevie Kremer
Loon Mountain Race and the Women's National Mountain Running Championship.   Lincoln, NH

Leslie O'Dell Beckwith
Leslie O'Dell Beckwith
Cranmore Mt Hill Climb   Conway, NH

Laura  Haefeli
Laura Haefeli, Mt Washington Women's Masters course record holder.
Mt Washington Road Race   Mt. Washington, NH

Jim Johnson, winner, congratulates  Kris Freeman, US Nordic Olympian.
Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH

Krisztina Dearborn
Krisztina Dearborn, 2011 US Junior Mountain Team Member
Thanksgiving Day 5k    Madison, NH 

Tommy Manning
Tommy Manning
Mt. Washington Road Race   Mt. Washington, NH

Mt Washington Road Race-1.jpg
Eric Blake and Glenn Randall
Mt. Washington Road Race   Mt. Washington, NH

Mountain Gods (and a Goddess)
Mountain Runner Portrait Project #3:  Mountain Gods (and a Goddess) at the 2012 Mt Washington Road Race including several US Mountain Running Team members, former Mt Washington Winners, US Mountain Running champs and a World Mountain Running champ. Tommy Manning, Rickey Gates, Jared Scott, Brandy Erholtz, Max King and Jason Bryant.
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