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Author Topic: Family racing etiquette
StoneFence

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on: November 19, 2013, 19:42
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DH, DS and I are running a holiday 5k in about a month. In preparation for it I want to give my son an idea of how things run. I get confused about the order of things at the water stops 😕 I'm slow besides.

So what do I tell him? I don't want to make things so serious that he doesn't have fun. After all, people are going to be dressed as Santa and elves and reindeer. BTW, he is 8yo.

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Susan

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on: November 20, 2013, 10:20
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I would tell you how water stops are run, but they never seem to be the same. in a 5K there will probably be one and it will be manned by people handing out small cups of water possibly electrolyte drinks. if you aren't at the head of the pack, no worries about getting stumbled over by someone who is trying to zoom through and snag their liquid.

I assume that you and/or your husband will be with your son during the race? starting at the back of the pack will probably remove most of the potential problems before they happen. the best piece of advice to give him would be to watch what is going on around him: don't stop without glancing behind you to see whether you are going to have someone run in to you, look before crossing streets or cutting in front of the race route.

to keep him motivated: point out fun things along the route, silly costumes etc, make a big deal at each mileage point, and have something fun planned for post race like a special lunch.

otherwise, have a blast!!

StoneFence

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on: November 20, 2013, 11:10
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Thanks Susan! I did think of the special lunch. I shall be sure to include it. We need some leverage with him because it's hard for him to go as slow as us. Pacing has been the biggest problem so far.

He has some new shoes and a matching tech shirt and sweat pants for the race (he'll be better dressed than me).

I am going to look for some striped tights for myself to wear under my skirt. DS is old enough to be embarassed by my choice of clothing;-)

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Susan

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on: November 21, 2013, 11:25
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okay, so how about looking up ahead and finding something he can run to and wait for you there? will he do that? then he can get his "run" on and you can change things up?

if you choose someplace like Chuck E. Cheese (I know....but he can run around and you can sit and relax with a book) for your lunch, then you can give him a token at spots for waiting for you, or completing miles, etc. I used to use those tokens for the boys' summer reading.

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Susan

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Post Re: Family racing etiquette
on: December 16, 2013, 09:18
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did you have your run yet? how did it go??

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