Running and Obstacle Course Camera Checklist

I use this checklist for each road race, ocr event and triathlon I shoot. The shooting requirements are pretty much the same for each type of event.

I leave my pelican case in my truck and mount my primary and secondary bodies on my Black Rapid straps. It helps with being mobile, as plans change and having to move to secondary locations. I leave my 70-200mm f/2.8 in my backpack, I don’t use it much as most of the companies I shoot for ask for f-stops higher the f/4. The 70-200mm F/4 is lighter and produces images that are sharp enough for the application.

I also use a battery grip to help with my posture, it makes a big difference in how your body handles hours of constant shooting. I recked my right (shooting hand) shoulder shooting too many marathons without the grip. It took many weeks of physical therapy to work out the issue caused by not using a grip, buy the grip.

Camera’s and Lens

  • At least 4 batteries charged – two nights before if possible
  • Check camera settings on primary and backup bodies
  • Check and clean 70 – 200mm f/4 and 70 – 200mm f/2.8


  • Monopod
  • Backpacking chair
  • Bucket hat
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Snack bar
  • Extra batteries
  • Memory cards
  • Black rapid straps
  • Airpods
  • Rain gear
  • Camera rain gear


  • Camera battery charger
  • Apple charger and power brick
  • Water
  • Change of clothes
  • Snack
  • Toiletry kit
  • Laptop
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