One of the best things about Cross Country (XC) is that the fans are very close to the action. In meets all year, including league finals, there are no barriers keeping fans off the course. Having said that, every XC season, I find myself muttering under my breath because of fans walking in front of me or worse, moving in front of me and standing there.
I know that I am not a tall individual. But, I am not small. And, I have a large camera with a large lens attached. If you are paying attention at all, you should notice me.
I can’t imagine how I would feel if I was a parent trying to get a photo of my kid.
There are critical moments in sports. As a sports photographer, I am looking for those moments to tell a story about the event … a season … an athlete. It is very frustrating when someone who is oblivious or worse, just rude, blocks a shot that is part of the story.
So, if you are at a XC meet … pay attention. Pay attention to the kids running and where the course is laid out. Don’t get in the way! Look behind you when you move … to see if you are stepping in the way of someone trying to take a photo. Try to emulate the way the XC athletes handle themselves. They display some of the best sportsmanship you will ever see.