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10 Must-Have Race Day Photos!

Don't let your race day memories fall by the wayside. Capture the moments you'll want to remember with these easy photo tips!

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Though it takes months of training to get to race day, the event usually flies by in a flash. Don’t let memories fall by the wayside – make sure you capture the moments you’ll want to remember. Check out these tips for the 10 Must-Have Race Day Photos. . .

-Pre-race prep. Sometimes it’s the little moments before the big ones that mean the most. Ask someone to take a photo of you at the Expo or packet pickup. Snap a photo of your pre-race meal with family or friends, and pictures as you’re warming up, stretching or putting on your tracking chip and bib.

Grabbing your gear. Lay out your race day gear (bib, shoes, socks, water belt, etc.) to capture your race day outfit before it gets drenched in sweat.

-#WhereImStanding. Show your sneakers some love, and snap a photo of where you’re standing on race day. Use it to capture the finish line from your point of view, or simply to take in the moments before the race.

-Capture the cause.  Don’t forget to pay homage to the charity you’re running for, a personal focal point you use to get you through, or family member who has inspired you. AKA, take a photo of whoever or whatever got you here.

-Start line. An obvious photo to snap, but here a few ways to get creative with it at every race: capture your anticipation while waiting for the gun to go off, the excitement of the national anthem, or show yourself amongst the masses – all running towards the same goal.

-Along the course. These are sometimes the most difficult pictures to capture. Our advice? Make a plan using the race guide to plot out picture points at significant landmarks. Help coordinate with your family/friends and set a “meet ahead” time at a pre-arranged location or mile marker. If you’re running a Triathlon, try snapping one at the transition areas when you’re coming out of the shoot!

-Signs of encouragement. Spectators will line the course with motivational – and often humorous – signs. Grab a pic or two of the ones that really helped you keep going!

-The turn around shot. Turn around points are the perfect opportunity to capture two moments at once. It’s fun to see those that are ahead and those that are behind you!

-Medal shot. You’re exhausted but thrilled!  Capture the crowd wrapped in their Mylar blankets or a first-person perspective of looking down at your medal.

Bragging rights. You did it, so why not brag a little? After all, that t-shirt will probably make its way to your giant pile of other t-shirts afterward. Grab a pic of yourself feeling triumphant in your race shirt.

Photo tips courtesy of LIVEALITY – a company dedicated to capturing race-day memories. Check with your race about compiling these top shots, along with any others in LIVEALITY’S personalized memory book.

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