Photos: Yulefest Holiday 5K Race.

"Guests participate in a costume contest during Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012."

“Guests participate in a costume contest during Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012.”

"A runner gestures as he races in Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012."

“A runner gestures as he races in Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012.”

"Racers sign and play instruments as they run in Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012."

“Racers sing and play instruments as they run in Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012.”

"Guests celebrate after winning a dance-off competition during Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012."

“Guests celebrate after winning a dance-off competition during Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012.”

"Racers pass through the course start line during Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012."

“Racers pass through the course start line during Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge, Massachusetts Sunday, December 2, 2012.”

I was one of the photographers on site for this year’s Yulefest, a holiday themed 5K race in Cambridge. My friends, who have helped out at this race before, assured me that I’d have a good time, and they were absolutely correct.

The crowd was lively and energetic, and costume contests and dance-offs combined with seemingly endless beer on tap made for a highly entertaining afternoon of shooting. 

I owe thanks to the random Harvard student I saw standing out on his balcony before the race began, who let me into his dorm room so I could shoot the start from up high (as seen in Photo 5 above). I was in and out of his room quickly and got what I needed in no longer than a minute, so I’m sure he was totally bewildered. I think he had just gotten out of bed. Anyway, it was a nice gesture.