The Ettiquette of Race Walking
Posted on October 13, 2011 at 07:25 AM
Top 3 tips for being a considerate walker at races
Several Wonder Walkers have discussed walking races over on the forums. And where there's an organised race (regardless of the distance), there are usually race etiquette guidelines.
Keeping to those guidelines can help you avoid being “that” person – the one who irritates the race marshals, annoys other competitors, and sometimes, even ends up disqualified.
Here are the top three I often see people breaking.
Know the race rules before you start (then stick to them)
Different races have different rules, so considerate walkers actually read the rules for each race before they get there. Common points of difference include:
* Whether walkers are permitted to run any part of the race
* Whether you're allowed to wear MP3 players
* Whether the roads are closed to traffic
* Where and how to wear your race bib
Don't get in the way of faster competitors
You might be trying to place somewhere in the top 3 – if so, more power to you. But if you're simply there to beat your own best time (or just enjoy the race environment), try to not to create an obstacle for faster competitors. That means:
* Line up towards the back at the start line
* Don't walk more than two abreast if you're walking with friends
* Keep an ear out for people coming up behind you and let them pass if they want to
Be considerate at water stops!
Don't stop at water tables to drink, which blocks access for other people. Instead, grab a cup on your way through, then slow down to drink a little further away. Or, be self-sufficient (and much more environmental) by bringing your own drink bottle or hydration pack with you.
If you've done a race or two yourself, you've probably noticed race etiquette violations that annoyed you. How about sharing them in the comments?