Is This Okay?
A START-TO-FINISH BEGINNER’S GUIDE
(OR VETERAN’S REFRESHER COURSE) TO THE
DO’S AND DON’TS OF RACE-DAY ETIQUETTE
By JEN A. MILLER Illustrations by NIGEL BUCHANAN
There are some aspects of race day that no amount of speedwork can prepare you for. Dodging gel packs and water cups
comes to mind. But there’s also a right and wrong way to race with a friend, slow down for walk breaks, and, yes, wear the race shirt
and medal. ¶ “With most large races, it’s like being on an L.A. freeway at 6 o’clock at night,” says Nick Curl, race director of the Los
Angeles Marathon. “You’ve got a ton of people moving at multiple speeds. You don’t change lanes
or roll down your window to spit without looking. The same goes with racing—there’s a
flow that you have to follow.” Here’s how to smoothly navigate the subtle points of race day.