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Photos of the Year Awards - RunnerSpace Awards 2011

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About   Dec 26th 2011, 11:39pm
2011 Awards
(Past Awards: 2010 2009 2008)

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It was a big year for photos on RunnerSpace.

With the launch of our new mass photo uploader more than 77,000 photos were uploaded to the site in 2011 nearly doubling last year's total! With all the great shots from professional and amatuer photographers alike, it was extremely difficult to choose the 2001 Photos of the Year! We send out a heartfelt thanks to everybody who helped contribute to this year's photo uploads!

Without further adieu, here is our top photos from 2011:

The crew at TracktownPhoto once again take the crown grabbing our Photo of the Year for the second consecutive year with this....ummm....awkward shot of Indiana's De'Sean Turner and Andrew Poore in the Senior Men's Steeplechase final at USA Outdoors. The two Indiana University steeplechasers decided to play a game of full contact leap frog in the water pit mid-way through the race. Rewatch the race here.

Galen Rupp's Darth Vader Mask by PhotoRun -

Galen Rupp's debut half-marathon in March was just as notable for the debut of his pollen blocking black mask as it was for his outstanding 60:30 finishing time. 



Sand Pit Splash Down by Rick Russell -

Our in-house photographer Rick Russell captured this unlucky junior athlete at just the right moment during USA JRs.


Jesse Williams Reacts to Winning Worlds by Image of Sport - 

Jesse Williams looked like he could lift a truck after his winning jump at Worlds. Make sure to check out his site, USAJumper.com, right here on RunnerSpace! Rewatch Jesse's winning jump here.


NXN Puker by Ross Dettman - 

This Nike Cross Nationals open race participant didn't follow the old Nike slogan "Finish on Empty" so he made sure to let Ross Dettman capture his gastric evacuation on camera.


Ashton Eaton in Beast Mode by TracktownPhoto -

World Record holder Ashton Eaton seemingly runs a PR every time he runs a race. Phil Johnson of TracktownPhoto got proof that Ashton actually flies down the track during the 110 hurdles at Oregon Relays. Rewatch the race.


Andrew Wheating Caricature by Ian Terpin

Amy Yoder Begley customized an autograph card of Andrew Wheating to display how she feels about the fan favorite 800m runner.


NXN Hay Bale Tumbler by Ross Dettman - 

Friday at Nike Cross Nationals is for checking out the course, practicing on the hay bales and looking really ridiculously cool while doing it.


Canadian Photo Bomb by Matt Nicholson - 

We were there to capture Taylor Milne's 2000m Canadian record on his home track in Guelph this spring. His teammate Reid Coolsaet made sure his record clock photo was one for the ages. Rewatch that race here.

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