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PLEASE RESPOND- NEED ADVICE FROM ALL RUNNERS (Read 248 times)

AC Drech


    Hello Runners!

    Let's say you are hypothetically runing a 5k. You warm up, get to the line, the gun goes off... and woo hoo the race is underway!

    In a perfect world, where do you want to see distance markers? (by miles or kilometers? ex every mile, every 1/2 mile, every 1/4 mile, only at half way through, etc...)

     

    Also- What makes a race memorable for you? What do you consider the most important pieces to a successful race?

     

    THANK YOU!


    Interval Junkie --Nobby

      Every mile (or whatever distance runners in my country are used to referring to when they talk about pace).  Then a last mark a quarter mile from the finish.

       

      A mark on the finish line would also be convenient.

       

      Most important pieces: organized (easy packet pickup, have pins for bibs, start on time) and cheap.  I remember the cheap ones . . . so rare these days.

      2014 Goals:  sub-3 Marathon 

      Current Status 06/19: Pelvic stress-fracture = 6-weeks of no running.


      just a simple cat

        Accurate results posted in a fairly quick manner.

         

        I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house


        Boston Strong in 2014!

          My preference is markers every mile -- most important, make sure that they are absolutely ACCURATE. To make it a perfect race, have good post-race food, water and Gatorade at the end. (Not essential, but we're talking about perfection here). At a recent 5-mile race in our town, they provided food from local caterers which was fantastic -- home-made granola bars, pumpkin soup, vegetable soup, frech fruit cups. Also, as mentioned above, fast race results. Plenty of porta-potties is high on the list. And live music before and after is always nice! I don't care about the tee-shirt or the "swag."

          2014 goals

          2000 miles; 5k < 24:30; HM < 1:56Century Bike Ride

           

          Upcoming:

          NYC Half Marathon 3/16Boston Marathon 4/21


          old woman w/ hobby

            Every mile.

             

            Well organized.

            steph  

             

            OCD  If you don't laugh...   

              My last two 5ks had no distance markers - and I actually really liked that.

               

              But, I also have a favorite race that has both mile and km, which is also nice (having a check a 1km, 1mile, 2mile and 4km I find helpful).

               

              The most memorable races are the RACES, so if you could find a way to ensure that there will be 4 guys 2 seconds faster than me, 2 guys exactly my speed, and 2 ambitious guys a second slower - that would be great.

               

              'prec.

              Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
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              Julia1971


                Every mile is good for distance markers.

                 

                Let's see...  Memorable races for me have been races with lot of runners, on scenic roads I normally don't get to run on, or tied to my community in a strong way.

                Run the mile you are in.

                  I like mile markers because I'm used to tracking my pace in terms of min/mile.

                   

                  But I always found it very funny to have metric distance races measured in miles...it seems like just the sort of thing we love to do in the good old USA.

                   

                  How I run on race day has more to do with how memorable a race is for me than anything about the race itself.

                    what everyone else said. In addition, make sure the race volunteers that are stationed at places where someone could miss a turn are instructed to be very vocal about which way to go.


                    Feeling the growl again

                      Mile splits

                      Accurate course

                      Well-marked course

                      Beer

                       

                      I have never gotten beer at a 5K, but that would sure make it memorable

                      "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                       

                        Mile markers are optional, IMHO, but it's nice to have the race within about 10% of the advertised distance for short races (so 5k should be between 4.5 and 5.5k, but like 50-mi races a little closer to advertised). Well-marked course is nice for spaghetti-loop trail race; not as necessary where it's out/back and no side trails.

                         

                        What makes race memorable - well executed race on challenging course with great scenery. Or strange weather or weird occurrences (somebody appearing to go the wrong direction - don't ask). Usually challenge and scenery alone are enough to make the course memorable, whether I execute well or not.

                         

                        Yea, I know, this will be different from most people here, but the course is what makes the race.

                        "So many people get stuck in the routine of life that their dreams waste away. This is about living the dream." - Cave Dog

                          Markers every mile.

                          Accurate timing posted quickly.

                          Awards 3 deep in age group + Male & Female Masters group

                          Free beer at the end.

                            Mile markers are optional, IMHO, but it's nice to have the race within about 10% of the advertised distance for short races (so 5k should be between 4.5 and 5.5k, but like 50-mi races a little closer to advertised).

                             

                            Wow! You're easy on the accurate distance thing...around here people start complaining if their GPS said the 5k was 5.001km.

                              Yeah, mile markers. I don't care about beer or food so much - usually not in the mood to eat after a hard effort unless I hang around awhile. As long as there's water and maybe a banana... But one of the most memorable races I've run was to support the local running community and had some random surprise stuff: A guy playing solo sax that you passed a couple of times, handpainted signs that were engaging and referred to different features of the course along the way, and a couple of volunteers decked out in sasquatch costumes and cranking tunes at the top of the biggest hill in the course. That stuff is all cheap, but the people did it because they cared about the community and as a result made *everyone* there into one big in group.

                              GarmoNZ


                                Marker at half way plenty enough for 5k and prob 10k as well, but depends what kind of runner you are, whether splits are important etc. Having too much information can take the fun out of running, pacing is important to get to your goals but enjoying the run is important as well, not making one of your 1k/1mile splits can be really put you off mentally but you could be just going through a rough patch! I wear a gps and check my splits etc after the race.

                                 

                                 

                                Hello Runners!

                                Let's say you are hypothetically runing a 5k. You warm up, get to the line, the gun goes off... and woo hoo the race is underway!

                                In a perfect world, where do you want to see distance markers? (by miles or kilometers? ex every mile, every 1/2 mile, every 1/4 mile, only at half way through, etc...)

                                 

                                Also- What makes a race memorable for you? What do you consider the most important pieces to a successful race?

                                 

                                THANK YOU!

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