Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Calling All Cork City Marathon Supporters!!!

This Monday, 1st June, is the running of the Cork City Marathon. I'd love to head down to it for the day (it's a bank holiday so there's a good reason for heading down) but alas I've a holiday booked for that week. Sun and beach wins out over sun in Cork (the June bank holiday weekend is always sunny, an unwritten rule). Anyone who is out at the sidelines in Cork on Monday I ask a favour of you... get your camera out and take some pictures.

Just before the Dublin Marathon in October I launched a race photo search engine - RacePix365.com. The idea of the site is that it will be a one stop site for people who raced in various races around Ireland to find photos of themselves. For the photographer it increases the likelihood that the photo you've taken will arrive in the hands of the person who will value it the most. Since it's launch RacePix365 has featured over 40 races around Ireland and 10,000 pictures. These races have predominately been in the Dublin area, but in recent months a few photographers have uploaded pictures from races in Northern Ireland, Kildare and most recently the John Treacy Classic 10 miler in Waterford.

More than likely after the marathon on Monday people will be uploading their photos to various photo galleries that are out there. After Dublin I remember seeing links to upwards of 20 different galleries on the web. To find all these galleries and then go through each photo one by one to find that elusive picture of yourself is an arduous task. RacePix365 does the hard work for you and will allow you to view all these galleries from one spot. Nicer still it will allow them to be searched by bib numbers making the chances of finding them pictures of you all the easier.

So, if you're out and about watching on Monday, take your camera, grab a few shots and upload them to the web. Rope friends and family into it if you can't take any yourself! Don't worry about your capabilities as a photographer - all photos are welcome onto the site. The "how it works" section on the site explains what to do with your photos once you've uploaded them. Please drop me a line as well to let me know if you have pictures so that I can give credit to everyone that took some pictures on the day.

Last and by no means least, best of luck to all those that are taking part on the day!
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