Friday, October 29, 2010

Road Race Etiquette

Running in the Philippines is booming fast and some runners are new to running in road races, they may not familiar with some of the rules – both stated and unwritten. Many veteran runners or seasoned runners love to see new runners joining the sport but they have pet pique about those inconsiderate behavior from other runners, especially beginners. To avoid irking fellow runners, here are some etiquette guidelines to follow when participating in road race:

1. Pay for the Race

Entering to a race without paying also called “banditing” is not fair to race organizer, volunteers and especially to those who paid.

2. No Jigling Sound

Don't carry loose coins or keys that jingles. They annoy runners who are near you.

3. Don’t take up the whole road

If you’re running with friends or a group, try not to take the whole road so that other runners and faster runners can pass through.

4. Line up properly

Faster runners should line up at the front of the starting line, slower runners and walkers at the back. Some races have corrals based on estimated pace or post pace signs. If not, ask runners nearby about their anticipated pace; if it's faster than yours, move further back. Most races use timing chips, so the time it takes you to reach the starting line won't count in your final net time.

5. Be careful at Water Station

Water stations can get chaotic and crowded. Use caution when running into a water station and make sure you're not cutting off other runners or spilling water on them. Don't go to the first table at the water stop. That's where all the rookies stop and if it's a big race, it's going to very congested. Keep running to one of the tables farther down.

6. Show Appreciation to Volunteers

Race will not be successful without the help of the volunteers. Say "Thank you" when they hand you water or sport drink.

7. Keep Moving at the Finish Line

Don't immediately stop at the finish line or in the chute. There will be runners coming in right behind you, so keep going until it is safe to stop.

8. No Spitting and Snotrocketing

You know spitting can spreads disease. Please be cautious before doing so. Look around before launching your rocket.

9. Thanks your Supporters

Don't forget to thank your supporters that cheering for you. Acknowledge when they greet you. If you're to tired to say "thanks", wave, nod or simple smile to them.

10. No Cheating

Don't cheat on the race. You only fooled yourself not your fellow runners.

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  1. All I can say is: I agree with all that was written. And to add, do not throw plastic cups on the road. It endangers the safety of other runners. - kokokrunch

  2. Very informative, coach Carina! I'm actually guilty with rule#2 (jiggling coins). Even I'm getting annoyed with it. Sometimes I just carry them instead of putting it in my hydration belt.

  3. Nice Blog, Carinz! Will add you up in my blogroll.


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