Here are some event tips from Steve Landau, race director for Everyone Runs/Everyone Walks:
- Run or walk the course a week or so before the event so you can get used to it and know what to expect.
- Don't run too hard the week or two leading up to the race. Easing up
during that time period will mean a fresh body for your run. Besides,
you're not going to get much faster by training harder in the weeks before
- It's always a good idea to run with water. Runner-specific, easy to
carry water bottles can be found at local running stores.
- Review the course map, any event instructions and directions to the
- Check the weather report the night before the race. In the event that
it's cold or rainy, you'll be prepared with the right clothes and even dry
ones at the finish to insure a warm ride home!
- Do you have all of your gear? Do an inventory the night before: bib
number, safety pins or bib belt, sunglasses, water or performance drink,
shoes, socks, visor, headband, shorts, shirt (remember those dreams when
you show up somewhere naked!), change of clothes for change in the weather,
money for anything that might be for sale, and maybe even a small snack if you get hungry before the race.
- Set your alarm and maybe even a back-up alarm to wake up in-time for an
easy morning before leaving your home. Remember Jean-Paul from Seinfeld
- Arrive at least an hour early. This way you'll find a parking spot, be
able to take a look around, meet new friends and not get stuck in long
porta-pottie lines. It also allows you to take an easy warm-up run and then
stretch just a bit. Don't overdo the stretch, but be sure to open up the
quads and gluts. It can lengthen your stride and you'll feel better on the
- If you're running or walking your first race, start towards the middle
and don't get caught-up in getting out fast. Start easy and then pick up
your pace as you go along and your legs warm up.
- Listen carefully to the announcer for all of the important details that
they will impart upon you before the start.
- Take water or performance drinks at the water stations. It can be hard
to drink and run, so walk through and drink.
- If you're wearing an IPOD, keep the volume low so you can hear fellow
runners when they tell you they are passing or just to share words of
encouragement. Nature sounds nice, too!
- Pay attention to course monitors and course signs. Getting lost is
never a good thing.
- Finish strong, finish with a smile, high five your friends and enjoy
the post-race party!
- Stay for the awards ceremony and cheer on your fellow participants.
- Keep on exercising and sign up for another event, so you don't make
running a sport you just "tried" once. Like anything, it gets even better