Plan your day

Are you new to running and racing?

This page will help you prepare and plan your run day in advance.

Run mornings can be stressful. By preparing in advance you can alleviate unnecessary stress you may experience.

Things to consider

  • Pick up your race kit as early as possible
  • Don’t wear or try anything new on run morning (new clothes or shoes could give you blisters or chafing, eat your usual pre run meal to avoid stomach issues)
  • Prepare your clothing the night before and pin your bib to the front of your top.
  • Figure out how you are getting to the run and what time you need to be there.
  • Make sure you know what time your wave starts, and what time you have to be ready in your corral. Click here to view start times.
  • Know where to drop your bag off at Lansdowne Park (Horticultural Building) and remember to pin on the bag tag that is attached to your bib.
  • Make a plan with your friends and family about where to meet post-run.

Things to bring on Run Day

  • Your bib (make sure it is pinned to the front of your shirt, so run officials and photographers can see it)
  • Your running shoes
  • Your Timing Chip (ensure that this is securely attached to your shoe)
  • A piece of ID. We recommend you do not bring any other personal items, however, if you do please check them in your bag. PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsible for lost or damaged items
  • Don’t forget to bring public transit fare to get home after the run
  • A clean, dry shirt to change into after the run in case it is raining or cold on run day (only if you are bringing a bag to check)
  • Family and friends – having your family and friends waiting for you after the run will make the celebration that much more special and memorable!

Things you should leave at home

  • Your pet (due to safety reasons, we do not allow dogs in the run)
  • Food and drink – We have plenty of water available for you at the start line, along the route, and at the finish line. There is also Gatorade and food available for you at the party site, so you don’t need to pack any!

Run Etiquette

  • Line up in your assigned corral based on how fast you plan to run or walk the event. Slower participants should position themselves at the back of the corral.
  • If you need to shed layers of clothing at the start of the race, tie them around your waist or put them to the side of the road. If you drop your clothing, don’t expect to get it back. We will collect all discarded clothing and donate it to charity.
  • If you want to pass someone, say “excuse me” or “on your left” and pass on the left.
  • If you hear someone say “excuse me” or “on your left”, move to the right and allow the person to pass without blocking their effort.
  • If you need to stop for any reason (tie your shoe, stretch, etc.), put your hand up to alert those behind you and move to the side of the road.
  • Yield the right of way to all police and emergency vehicles. Yield the course to wheelchair athletes, as you can change direction or stop more quickly than they can (especially on a downhill).
  • If you are wearing headphones, please only use one ear bud and keep the volume low so you can hear instructions from run officials and/or emergency personnel.
  • Say “Thank you” to as many volunteers as possible.

Aid Station Etiquette

  • When approaching a hydration station, move to the side of the road, get your water and keep moving.
  • There will be multiple water tables so if the first table is busy, KEEP MOVING to the next one.
  • Throw your used cup to the side of the road as close to the garbage cans as possible.
  • If you see someone in distress on the course, report their bib number to the aid station and let them know where you saw them (if it is serious, consider staying with the person).

Finish Line Etiquette

  • Once you have crossed the finish line – KEEP MOVING forward until you exit the finish chute.
  • Follow the instructions of the race officials in the finish chute.
  • The finish area is a very busy place. Plan to meet family, friends and other runners outside the finish chute.
  • Only registered runners with a “chip tracker” will be able to cross the line and be in the chute and finish area. NO EXCEPTIONS

Have a running question?
Check out these articles on training and racing:

Training:

RunningMagazine.ca Training
RunnersWorld.com Training

Here are some tips for running your first race:

RunnersWorld.com: Tips for your first race
About.com: Race Day Tips



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