The inaugural Quintiles Marathon at Wrightsville Beach

Woke up super early to take photos of the Marathon last weekend. Wave action has been lacking these last few days in Wrightsville so I figured the race would be a good experience. I came away with a few good shots. Running is not easy to photograph. The obvious shots are often pretty boring to me, but luckily the race started at sunrise so oportunities for different light and some flash work were there.

The start was at sunrise with just enough light so runners could see the ground.

The one guy waving made this photo. People are really having a lot of fun running these long distances.

My buddy Jake on course for 13.1 miles heading down Eastwood.

Motion blur is the only way to convey the speed people are going.

A line of people to the horizon pack Military Cutoff.

The first female half marathon finisher, Debbie Surface, seems to have a smile on her face as she enters the final mile. She finished with a 1:24:17.

Local girl Melanie Lenk came in second for the half at 1:28:16.

Here is the first female finisher for the full marathon, Christa Iammarino, flying through the final stretch in Mayfaire Shopping Center. She finished with a time of 2:53:41.

Kevin Lisska breaks the tape as the first full marathon finisher with a total time of2:40:19.