For the second year running, I covered the Apple Run events at the LaFayette Apple Festival in LaFayette, New York. The three races consist of a 1 Mile Fun Run for families and a 5K and 15K road races. This year there were 359 participants who gathered on a very frosty morning with temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark. The sky was blue and clear with many runners saying it was a perfect day for a run. As the Sun cleared the valley walls, the temperature slowly warmed up and bathed the race courses in perfect light for my task of photographing the races.
Another photographer was covering the start and in race photos for the 15K while I covered the 5K. The new Nikon 28-300VR FX lens has a vibration reduction (VR) setting for photographing from a moving vehicle. The lens did very well from a moving automobile going about 20 mph (32 kph) even at the maximum focal length of 300mm.
When covering an event like the Apple Run, I try to look for stories going on. In the photo below, the two young girls where waiting for the first women runner to finish the 15K Road Race (you can see her in the background on the right as she came into view). The girls started cheering and jumping to urge her to the finish line.