The 2011 Tulsa Run

This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot the Tulsa Run for the second time.  The first time I shot it was in 2009 which was actually the very first race I ever went to with my dad.  This whole running photography thing all started in 2009 when my dad decided to do something about his health and joined a running group at Fleet Feet.  I was in chiropractic school 250 miles away but my dad would invite us down for the weekend to hang out and go to these races he started doing.  He suggested I lug my huge camera to the Tulsa Run and take some photos of him finishing.  Well to make a long story short…..  I was bored just waiting on him so I took photos of lots of people.  A month later he was running in the Route 66 Marathon and so I shot that race as well.  I posted some photos on Facebook and before you know it I was getting a call from the Route 66 director asking me if he could buy my photos.  They now hire me every year to shoot the Route 66 races.  My father is now living in Lawton and does not really run in any Tulsa races so you’re probably asking yourselves why I still do it.  My dad introduced me to Lori Dreiling (owner of Fleet Feet Tulsa) and I began giving her photos for her then owned magazine “Oklahoma Sports & Fitness.”  My pictures started showing up in that magazine and when they sold it to Sean Call, he continued to ask me for race photos.  I now shoot a lot of different races (when I have time) and Sean makes really cool online galleries and features them in the magazine as well.  Even more exciting is that my wife has started to run and actually ran her first 15K yesterday at the Tulsa Run.  I could not have been more proud!  I also had six patients who ran in the race this weekend.  They all made it to the finish and two actually placed very high in their age groups as well as in the overall.  It was a chilly morning that soon became the perfect day for a race.  One of the absolute greatest joys in my life is taking a patient who has been unable to run and get them back on their feet so they can do what they love.  I had one such patient this weekend.  Seeing the look on her face as she ran towards me with a big smile made every second of those four grueling years of chiropractic school worth every second!  Even if I didn’t know anyone at these races, I would probably still shoot them on occasion because I enjoy seeing people achieve their goals and motivating others in the process.  Now back to the race….  Julie Chin was one of the celebrity runners this year and she was kind enough to pose for me on more than one occasion.  nearly 10,000 people packed the downtown Tulsa streets for the 34th running of the Tulsa run and the tradition of wearing halloween costumes continued yet again this year.  My friend Roy Zoellner once again suited up in full firefighter gear and ran the full 15K.  The 5K and the 15K both came down to footraces that were very exciting for the onlookers.  These were easily two of the best finishes I’ve ever seen at a race.  You can view all of the images I shot at the race HERE.  I’m getting geared up for the Route 66 Marathon this next month and then will be selling my two workhorse cameras in order to upgrade to the all-new Canon 1dx DSLR which debuts in March.  With this camera, my images will jump a light year ahead of what I’m shooting now as I’m severely limited by the camera’s buffer and low light abilities.  On another note, Ali and I will soon be visiting Colorado for a few days as well as Charlottesville, VA to see my brother-in-law for Thanksgiving.  We’re also going to be visiting Kansas City in December.  We have a lot of traveling to do but it should make for some great times and hopefully…. some great pictures!   -Barnezy-

 

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