8 Annoying Things You Shouldn’t Do During A Race

by Estelle Low
FITNESS  |  June 26, 2019
  • Make the race more enjoyable for yourself and others
    1 / 9 Make the race more enjoyable for yourself and others

    As running becomes increasingly popular, running events and races are getting more crowded too.

    To ensure a pleasant running experience for yourself and others, avoid doing these things during a race. You’ll be able to run faster, and your fellow runners will thank you.

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  • Avoid: Standing at the front of the start line if you’re planning to go slow
    2 / 9 Avoid: Standing at the front of the start line if you’re planning to go slow

    If you know that your running pace is nowhere near a record-breaker, avoid heading to the front of the start line. Doing so slows down other faster runners behind you. Plus, you don’t want to start the race at an all-out speed – that’s bound to leave you winded by the halfway mark.

    Do this instead: If you’re an intermediate runner, position yourself in the midsection of the crowd. For beginners, it’s a good idea to be somewhere in the back, so you won’t feel intimidated by runners trying to overtake you.

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  • Avoid: Overtaking blindly
    3 / 9 Avoid: Overtaking blindly

    During the race, be mindful when overtaking other runners. Make sure they’re not about to increase their speed as well. Trips and collisions often happen when runners try to overtake one another.

    Do this instead: Leave sufficient space between you and the runners (each other’s arms should not be touching), and overtake on their right. If you can manage your breath, say “on your right” before you speed past them. Once you’re done overtaking, keep to the left to let faster runners pass.

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  • Avoid: Running with friends in a horizontal file
    4 / 9 Avoid: Running with friends in a horizontal file

    Perhaps you joined the race with buddies, and intend to complete it together with them. Even so, refrain from running in a horizontal line. That makes it hard for other runners to overtake.

    Do this instead: Run in a vertical file, or in twos, to make room for faster runners.

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  • Avoid: Walking for long distances
    5 / 9 Avoid: Walking for long distances

    Some participants join a race only to end up walking for the most part of it. Unless it’s a fun run, avoid walking for excessive periods. Doing so is disruptive to runners behind you. It also prolongs the event. Some established races set a cutoff time for runners, to avoid this problem.

    Do this instead: If you’ve signed up for a race, train for it and make sure you’re able to sustain a certain pace throughout the distance. It typically takes at least two months to train for a 5km or 10km race, and longer if you’re doing a half marathon or full marathon.

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  • Avoid: Stopping at hydration points
    6 / 9 Avoid: Stopping at hydration points

    Hydration points are usually set up every few kilometres, to ensure runners get sufficient water and avoid dehydration. But they’re not a reason to take a break from running. Stopping at a hydration point leads to overcrowding, and prevents other runners from getting their drink.

    Do this instead: Grab a cup of water or isotonic drink from the hydration point, and quickly move off. If you need to stop and drink, steer clear of the route. To maintain your running momentum, brisk walk or jog slowly as you take a few swigs of the drink.

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  • Avoid: Taking pictures in the middle of the route
    7 / 9 Avoid: Taking pictures in the middle of the route

    Some races take you through picturesque scenery where you can’t resist snapping pictures along the way. But don’t stop abruptly in the middle of the route. That’s a sure way to cause a domino collision if there are runners close behind you.

    Do this instead: If you really wish to take photos along the way, reduce your speed and move to an empty area outside of the running route. Rejoin the route when you’re ready.

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  • Avoid: Throwing your trash along the running route
    8 / 9 Avoid: Throwing your trash along the running route

    Tossing your cup or unwanted banana parts along the route is just inconsiderate. Those items can cause runners to trip or fall.

    Do this instead: Junk your garbage on the side of the road.

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  • Avoid: Stopping at the finish line
    9 / 9 Avoid: Stopping at the finish line

    That feeling of pride, liberation and relief when you complete a race is indescribable. You might want to do a celebratory dance at the finish line, or wave to fellow runners, but don’t. This causes the area to jam up.

    Do this instead: After passing the finish line, gradually slow down to a brisk walk and make your way to the race village.

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