There are actually a fair amount of rules that apply to runners whether race or just going for a casual jog around the block. For this post, I’m just pinpointing four annoying runner behaviors that I notice most often at races.
1. First of all, let’s talk about lining up at the start. Most runners get it: the faster runners are in the front and then it tapers back eventually to those who are walking.
I lot of the bigger races have roped off corrals and color coded bibs or corral assignments on their bibs which helps enforce where a runner lines up.
Some other races just have you placing yourself into the corral based on mile time posters posted at certain points. There are always a few special runners who are, let’s say a 10 minute per mile runner that things they belong at the front of the pack with the 7 and under minute per mile runners. Not cool.
Now if a race doesn’t have any corrals and you have no clue just remember: faster runners in the front, slower toward the back.
2.. Coming to a dead stop on the race course. It’s fine if you have to stop to walk or just slow down your run, but please make sure there is not a faster runner behind you that you are going to trip up in the process. Maintain your speed and move over to the right side then slow down.
3. Running with ALL YOUR FRIENDS…..RIGHT NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER creating a human wall of 5-6 people making it impossible to pass. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Running with your friends in a group is just fine, but let’s keep it to two abreast so others can pass!
4. And lastly, let’s make sure we pay attention to see if others are around before you hock that loogie up and out. It’s just rude and disgusting.
For some official race/running ettiqute, visit the Road Runners Club of America website: http://www.rrca.org/education-advocacy/etiquette-for-runners/
Have a great day!