April, Patty, and I put out a call for topics a few weeks ago and one that got tossed around as a favorite was “Race Etiquette” (or pet peeves.) I totally planned to write a snarky post about my pet peeves, but I’m still basking in my post Mainly Marathons race glow. I swear, running with this group of runners always makes me feel like running and runners are the best.thing.ever. Seriously, I feel like I should go for a run and sing Kumbaya or something LOL.
So, here are some things every runner should do or not do as they run a race.
Do thank your volunteers.
Don’t run (or walk) 3 or more abreast.
Do throw your trash in the trash can (or at least to the side of the course near the can).
Do aim your spit or snot rocket away from other runners.
Don’t play your music so loudly that everyone around you can hear it. (Annoying for them and dangerous for you.)
Do pin your race bib somewhere on the FRONT of your body.
Don’t stop for a photo opp immediately after crossing the finish line.
Do be friendly on the course. (You’d be amazed what smiling at others and high fiving spectators can do for YOUR race experience.)
Don’t crowd other runners if there is room to move away.
Do look your volunteer in the eye to let them know you are grabbing their drink. (Better yet, say something or point. You are both much less likely to end up wet.)
Notice that I said nothing about wearing the race shirt (I don’t but I don’t care if you do), or walking (we all do it at some point, just pay attention to those around you when you do), or wearing headphones (I don’t, but I don’t care if you do as long as you do it safely.) Really, the only race habit that truly drives me insane is when people block the path and prevent passing. I don’t care if you are walking or running, but if you and your friends are blocking a large percentage of the race course, I’m gonna get pissy.
Got some advice for the newbie runner? Is there one race behavior that drives you absolutely insane?