Hey Flavor Runners!
We have heard a lot of buzz lately about proper running etiquette for first time runners (walkers). We want to be the FIRST to say Congratulations for taking the hardest step and signing up! We know how much WE enjoy running and participating in races/runs and want to welcome you to your newest addiction!
We thought we could help address a few things that we notice are pretty important to know as general points for your first event if it is The Flavor Run or any other fun run you decide to start with.
Fellow runners, if you have anything to add, feel free to leave some tips in the comment section!
If the packet pick up is the day prior please bring your ticket and a photo ID to the location.
If you are picking up for another runner, please bring any necessary waivers as well as a copy of their photo ID.
If you are using your phone to display your ticket, please make sure the brightness is turned up for best ease of use, and it would be ideal to not have a severely broken screen. We recommend a paper ticket if your phone screen has what we like to call “the spider web app”
If Packet pick up is the day of the event:
It is wise to know WHERE the pick up tent will be located and plan accordingly to wait in line prior to the event. This means to either arrive early to the event or be willing to be patient in line. Each member of pick up is making sure to give you the best experience possible and are just as excited as you are to get you to that start line!
During the run/walk
Remember ours is a FUN RUN. It is not timed. If you are interested in knowing your course time, there are a lot of great resources that help track your progress. (Not a sponsor plug) I personally use map my run, and a lot of our friends use the Nike Running app. You could also invest in a GPS watch which has a timer function.
If you are running, it is advised to be towards the front or in the first wave, this will help assure the best time you can run. Also while running, please be sure to announce when passing other participants. Not all runners are seasoned and do not know to listen for runners behind them.
If you are walking (or a slower runner) please stay to the right of passing runners. As in road rues, the faster person will pass on the left.
Now, I know what you are thinking.. Its a family event and I brought my stroller.. what do I do?
I don’t want to assume because you are a stroller runner that you will be slow, as this is not always the case. If you are fast with a stroller you should stick to the back portion of the first wave and stay to the right. If you are a slow stroller, the back of the second or last wave may be a better spot for you. As always, remember your stroller does take up more roadway than a standard runner and be cautious of those around you.
When you finish your run, grab a water and some fruit. Say hello to the vendors or stop by the Swag shop and then GET BACK TO THE FINISH LINE! How great would you feel if you were one of the last runners to finish and had a whole team of people cheering you on? Be a good community runner and if you plan to stick around, cheer on your fellow runners!
What are you waiting for? Get out there and get ready for your first or 500th run! We look forward to seeing you out on the Flavor Trail!