The 15 Rules to Road Race Running

Whether it’s your first time running in a road race, or you’re a seasoned veteran, it’s always good to be reminded of appropriate etiquette when participating in road running races. […]

Health Health & Fitness Brian Webb

This article was published on October 29th, 2012

Photo Credit: Jay Minter

Whether it’s your first time running in a road race, or you’re a seasoned veteran, it’s always good to be reminded of appropriate etiquette when participating in road running races. Some simple guidelines will ensure everyone safety and a enjoyable experience for everyone, including fellow racers, volunteers, race officials and spectators.

Keep these simple, easy to follow etiquette guidelines in mind:

  1. Arrive to the race at least 15 minutes prior to start time.
  2. Know in advance where the start line is.
  3. Arrive prepared, with your race shoes on, timing chip in place and race bib safely fastened to the front of your shirt.
  4. Do not bring dogs or other animals to the race.
  5. Do not run without a race number. Doing so causes errors of recording times and positions of those legitimately entered. These people are called Bandits or Turkeys.
  6. Do not allow another participant to use your number. This can cause errors in race results being reported, and in the case of an accident or emergency, wrong information can have serious consequences.
  7. If the event has multiple race distances, do not switch without approval; you may not get an official time and it can lead to errors in the race results.
  8. If you need to walk or come to a stop, move to the right hand side and raise your hand, signaling to other participants. If you must leave the course, return to the exact same point where you left.
  9. Respect private property.
  10. Follow the race course, respecting pylons, course marshals, and signs. Participants can be disqualified for not following or cutting the course.
  11. Do not block runners. Slower runners must remain on the right side.
  12. When passing through aid stations, move to the side if you wish to slow down or stop.
  13. Do not stop right at the finish line. Continue to move forward through the finish area so others can finish behind you.
  14. Only cross the finish line once, and do not cross the finish line multiple times. This can lead to errors in results.
  15. Be courteous to the volunteers. Smile and give them a big thank you. It’s because of their time that the race is made possible.
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