Participating in a road race can be a fun way to test your fitness and see where you stack up against others in some friendly competition.
For those who may not run many races or maybe it's their first race, here are some informal "rules" which all runners should follow to make for an enjoyable event.
Before the Race
Sign up early if you can. By signing up early you will generally save a few dollars. For popular events, you will ensure your spot as they may sell out. You will also get the right size event shirt.
Register online if possible. It will save you a stamp, get you a receipt, and ensure your information is recorded properly.
If it is a charity race, consider making even a small donation to the cause. Every dollar helps as registration costs generally just cover the event.
Do not give your bib number to someone else. You are recorded in the database with your age and sex for scoring purposes. Giving your number to someone else will cause errors in the scoring. You could be banned from future races.
Day of the Race
Get to the race early enough to check in and get to the starting line in time. Allow time to find a parking spot, go to the bathroom, and warm up. The larger the race the more time you need to allow. A general rule would be about 45 minutes before the start.
Bib Number - Wear your bib on the front so it can be seen by race officials. If the race uses timing chips, follow the instructions and make sure it is securely attached.
Headphones - Headphones are discouraged. You must be able to hear instructions from race officials for your safety as well as fellow runners. While most courses are clear of traffic, there are always instances when a vehicle gets on a course by mistake.
Baby joggers - Baby joggers are also discouraged. If the race allows them, make sure you line up towards the back where you will not interfere with other runners.