Today on “Walking Wednesday,” we are talking about the “rules” for a 5K. Some of these are more “official” rules and some are my unwritten rules.
Rules of a 5K
- Make sure you are registered and have a bib. Running/walking a race without registering is called banditing and is just not cool.
- Most race officials prefer you wear the bib somewhere on your front where they can see it.
- If you can run the 5K in under 20 minutes, start on the front row.
- If you are walking the 5K, be on the last row.
- Walkers should stay to the right so that runners can pass you on the left.
- Pay attention to cars if you are walking/running on a road. Some races will prohibit headphones on open roads.
- It is perfectly acceptable to throw your water cup on the ground, but if you stand there and drink the water (a) get out of the way and (b) throw your cup in the trash can.
- Don’t run anyone over – and if you do, stop and help them up.
- When you cross the finish line – KEEP MOVING. If you stop, someone is likely to run into you. This is also true on the race course – if you have to stop, move to the right and look behind you.
- Take the food and water you need at the finish line, but leave some for others.
Just starting out? My suggestion is to find a 5K road race in your area. Fall is the perfect time to start walking or running as the weather is just right. Not sure where to start with training? Don’t forget my new Walk Your Way to a 5K program. Special pricing still in effect!
Cheers! Happy walking or running!