Jamoosh and I seem to be inspiring each other for post content of late (although he is much wittier than I. Drinks more beer too). Today he posted his Houston 1/2 report and it included a bit of unhappiness about a large wall of walker/runners at the front of the pack, making it difficult for him to get out there and settle into a running pace. I totally feel for this most annoying situation.
This is one of my pet peeves about the ginormous race fields that are becoming the norm these days. On the one hand, I love anything that gets people off the couch and out there participating in events. On the other hand, there needs to be a little bit of racing etiquette education conducted for those new to the field. A pamphlet on the topic, stuffed into race bags, if you will. When “they” ask me to put this pamphlet together, here’s what it will look like:
- Seed yourself accordingly–Even if you want a good shot at a PR, if you can’t run with the lead pack, do NOT line up at the front. If you’re going to be walking, fine, but move to the back of the pack at the start line. It’s not only hard for faster runners to get around you, but potentially dangerous as they swerve and maneuver around you.
- If you’re going to walk the fluid stations, fine. But grab your cup and then move over. All the way over. Do not stop dead to grab your water, disrupting the race of those behind you.
- The same goes for walking breaks, puke breaks,cramp breaks, tying shoe breaks. Do not stop dead in the middle of the course! Move over and out of the way.
- Run through the chute. Don’t stop, lean over, etc. Keep moving so that others can too.
- Don’t whine about the course being long because your Garmin says it is. If it’s a certified course, it’s pretty accurate. Your Garmin isn’t necessarily so accurate. Leave the race directors alone on this–they have bigger things on their plates.
Wow, I feel better for getting that off my chest. Is this what it feels like for Jeff Irvin, king of the ranting posts?
I know my readers know better than to commit the race-day sins listed above. What would you add to this list?