(Closed) First race soon, nervous, and a little confused…Questions!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

1. Pledges are usually people who say they will give you money for the race.  That is where most of the money is made by the charity in the race.

2. Yes please give more, see above.

3. Check with the race coordinators if you can wear iPods or headphones, some races strickly forbid it.

4. Again, check the website for the organization or race coordinators.  It will probably be the same place but you can’t be sure.

Post # 5
4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I run races that are for causes, but I never donate extra beyond my race fee.  But maybe that is just not common in my area.

I may be a horrible person, but I run with headphones even in races that “forbid” them.  I keep them at a reasonable volume so that I could hear other runners, or emergency vehicles.

I would check the website for the course info.  I run in typically very large races, so they don’t always start and end at the same place. 

Post # 6
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You don’t need to donate beyond your race fee, and it’s fine you don’t have pledges. You also can definitely wear an iPod. Most races begin and end at the same place or near to. There’s usually a map on the race website. Most races are loops, but some are out-and-backs or keyhole.

Post # 7
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1 & 2. You won’t look “bad” if you don’t have any pledges, but it’s always nice to give extra if you can. Most races take cash or check, and a few of the bigger ones take credit cards through a secure online payment page

3. Headphones are discouraged, but I have never been in a race where I was disqualified for wearing them or asked to remove them/leave the course. Whats important is that you are aware of emergency instructions and the other runners around you.

4. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. They’re often close together but not always at the same place. If you’re running a USATF certified race, the map should be on their website.

Good luck!

Post # 8
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Good luck in your first race!  I did my first race in March and it was scary but an amazing experience.  I’m doing my 2nd 5K tomorrow. 

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