Many runners enjoy their activity for years and never enter a race. At the other extreme are those who race every weekend (or more!). Beginning runners are often nervous about racing and full of questions. They assume that everyone at the race will be faster and know exactly what they are doing and they may finish last place. Do not let this misconception deter you from experiencing the joy of participating in a race. Many events attract many first time runners. Many events also have “back of the packers”, there are individuals are usually a mix of beginners and lifelong runners with years of experience but slower times. Never be afraid to finish last, it can be the most rewarding experience to simply finish regardless of your place in the pack. Find an event today.
Why Enter an Event?
- To challenge yourself to finish
- To challenge yourself to go farther or faster
- To get the t-shirt and enjoy the post-race party
- Fun of running with a big group of people
- Support a charitable cause
- See new places
Things to bring on race day
- Race number, ensure it is your name listed on the bib
- Safety pins for pinning your bib number on your shirt
- Timing chip, if handed out at packet pick-up. Most events these days have the chip attached on the bib.
- Racing outfit that doesn't chafe. Allowing for variations of weather (get an up-to-date weather report)
- Warm, dry outer garments to wear before and after the race (i.e. long sleeve shirt, long pants, rain gear, hat, gloves, dry socks, etc.)
- Petroleum jelly or other product to help prevent chafing and blisters.
- Food, to eat before and after the race. Something that is easily digestible. Don’t try anything new on race day.
- Water bottle.
- Sunscreen and a hat or visor
Review the RRCA Runners Etiquitte information before running in your first event.