- Saying “Just” or “Only” – Does this sound familiar? “What are you running today?” “Oh, just the 5” . Putting the qualifier in front of a statement likes this makes it sound like something is insignificant. For someone new, or someone thinking about starting…a 5 could seem like a marathon. Be careful how you qualify your run. Each distance could be a significant step to someone and who are we to suggest anything else?
- Not thanking Volunteers – This one sounds simple, but I am still amazed at the amount of people that forget to let the volunteers know they are appreciated.
- Complaining about a mistake – Mistakes happen, but unless you are the most unlucky person in the world, they will not happen to you more than once. If your race is impacted by someone making a mistake, suck it up and move on. To err is human.
- Not telling a Grass-Roots Race Director you enjoyed their race – Big races are amazing, but smaller races are the heart and soul of the race world. It’s where the future stars get their start, and it’s usually put together by someone who loves to run, as opposed to someone who gets paid. Take a moment and thank the RD.
- Seeking out “that” newbie and congratulating them – You know the one. They could be wearing all cotton clothing, or their form could be something out of National Geographic. But we were all there once, and they need to know they belong.
- Undertraining for race, then pouting at the results – Yes…you know as well as I do what this is about. If you wanted an improvement from your last time, you needed to put your time in and not miss the run because of the weather…
- Making excuses before the race starts about the race – Don’t be the guy/gal at the start of a race saying “ Oh, I did not get enough sleep” or “I ate crappy last night” or “I was sick all week”…just smile when someone wishes you well!
- Drama Queen/King at the finish line – Celebrate, be happy..show emotion…but move along. Let the other people finishing have their moment in the sun too.
- Saying “Thank you” to the people that ran around you – If you get into a pack, acknowledge the fact you all worked with each other to finish. Shake hands, have a hug and introduce yourself.