DUDE, THAT'S RUDE: Race Day Etiquette (Runners Edition)
The greatest part of running a race is knowing that anyone can do it. You can be among the elite, the celebs, the disabled, the very young, the very old, and the very average. You are all running the same race, on the same day, and under the same conditions.
That said, because of the large scope of athletes, it's essential to learn a few basic rules so we can all co-exist in the same race. Here are my top 10 major pet-peeves on race day:
1. Do NOT cut off another runner only to slow your pace as soon as you get in front of them. You know who you are. You're probably the same person who does this in your car. I can't tell you how many times this happens. It never fails that once you get a nice, steady pace going, someone suddenly comes out of nowhere, cuts right in front of you and immediately slows down, nearly causing a collision. DUDE, THAT'S RUDE. If you're going to pass someone, you better be faster.
2. Aim your spit. There's nothing worse than getting spit backlash from a runner in front of you. Come on. DUDE, THAT'S RUDE. Everyone spits. Just aim it downward in a slight diagonal direction to avoid hitting anyone.
3. Getting water at water stations. For new runners, this is challenging. If you need to get water, first look ahead so you know when it's coming. Then, (without cutting anyone off) start making your way to the side of the road where the volunteers are. Hold out your arm to motion that you want a drink. Do NOT cut anyone off. Usually, the volunteers will be shouting "water" or "Gatorade." Shout "water" or "Gatorade" back while holding out your arm so everyone knows what you want. Continue to hold your arm out, grab your drink, then immediately make your way back to the middle of the road (without cutting anyone off). Take a drink, then toss your cup to the side once the coast is clear.