I’ve run a lot of races in my life. I haven’t counted them all up in quite some time, but I can confidently say I am in triple digits. Good, bad, and the just weird – I’ve seen it all! Here are some of the best things I’ve seen on a race course over the years.
Sprinklers on a hot day – Hot races are the worst! (Well, I don’t know. Boston this year may have been the worst. But still, they’re pretty bad!) When I am slugging through the heat, there is nothing better then the sight of a sprinkler to (momentarily) cool you down. Well nothing better than the finish line, of course.
Spectator signs – This one isn’t original I am sure, but signs are really just the best! Bonus points to the ones that make you laugh – or the ones that are made just for you.
Friends on an out-and-back course – Ugh, don’t you hate those races where the road just goes on and on and you are thinking “where is is that damn turn-around already?!” Whenever I see a friendly face in the crowd, it gives me the mental boost I need to keep going.
Character stops – I guess all those years of RunDisney have got to me – I love seeing fun characters on the course! Disney takes the cake on them, obviously, but I’ve seen a few fun ones in other races over the years.
Fully stocked aid stations – Marathons can really learn from Ironman re: aid stations – those run course stations are a buffet! You can find everything you could possibly want including water, ice (seriously, all hot races need to get on board with this!), Gatorade, Clif Shot Bloks, pretzels, bananas, de-fizzled coke (works surprisingly well as a last ditch energy shot towards the end of the race!) and even more goodies that I am not even thinking of. When you are tired and hurting, an aid station can absolutely boost your spirits and give you the push you need!
My husband – Awww, I know. While I don’t drag my husband to every race, he always comes to the really important ones. True story: when I saw him on 1st ave during my first marathon in NYC, I definitely had a minor meltdown and told him “this is so much harder then I thought it was going to be!” While thankfully I don’t meltdown every marathon anymore, I still love seeing him out there and supporting me.
The finish line – Okay, okay I know this is a super cheesy one, but there is no sight then seeing that finish line! I don’t care if it’s your first race or 101th marathon – it just never gets old.
Tell me, what do you love seeing at a race? I’m linking up with the lovely ladies on Tuesdays on The Run