The weather being more Spring-like, means New York Road Runner (NYRR) races are on the calendar almost every weekend and runners are coming to Central Park for them in droves. I’m not one to complain on this blog but I’ve noticed a general lack of manners at these events so I thought I’d include a few reminders here about general running etiquette.
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, here are a few good reminders. After all, we may be runners, but we’re not immune to good manners!
Cover Your Mouth: Races tend to be early on weekend mornings. People are tired, but please cover your mouth when you yawn.When we line up in corrals, the quarters are close and your yawn is likely in someone else’s face. It’s not pretty or sanitary.
Have Good Hygiene: As per above, since we’re lining up in close quarters, be aware of good hygiene. At the very least, brush your teeth and wear clean running clothes. I’m just not sure everyone does this so it’s worth mentioning.
Watch Where You Spit: I cannot believe I even have to include this one but I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve almost been spit on by a fellow runner. I don’t quite understand why people spit but if you must do it, be aware that spit flies in the wind. The person behind or on either side of you may be a target for whatever is coming out of your mouth. The same goes for snot rockets. Bring a tissue and tuck it in your pocket for those moments when you have to blow your nose.
Watch Where You’re Running: Sure, we love running but others may prefer cycling, walking or something else. Be cognizant of your surroundings and don’t expect anyone to stop or move out of the way for you. Be courteous and share the road.
Elbows In, Please: This one was David’s suggestion who mentioned that in races he notices a lot of runners stick their elbows out. Not on my list of pet peeves because I happen to think this is more about running form but I can say that I’ve almost been elbowed in the face once or twice. I thought this was normal because I’m short. Regardless, be careful of where and how hard you swing those arms. Elbows aren’t weapons.
I’m sure I’ve upset a few people during my 15-year running career and I know I must have missed a few, so please chime in …
Do you have any pet peeves or tips for running etiquette? Please share so we can all take note!