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Tuesday on the Run – Race Etiquette/Pet Peeves

Welcome to Tuesdays on the Run hosted by Patty from My No-Guilt Life, Erika from MCM Mama Runs and April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere.  Usually I don’t post Tuesdays but this week is a topic that I love to rant about! Race Etiquette/Pet Peeves!

Okay so where do I start? Let’s just narrow it down to keep it short. Those who just STOP. I’m not even kidding. I know everyone was a new racer once before but I’ve encountered it so many times during races that I get really rant-y about it.


Usually if you read the race etiquette on the race’s website, they tell you if you have to stop, drift to the side to stop. Do not just STOP in the middle of the race with hundreds of people barreling towards you! It’s dangerous for both myself and you! I just don’t understand why this happens in every race I’m in but it frustrates me to no end 🙁 I understand sometimes you just have to stop but it will literally only take 10 seconds to drift to the side. Please 🙁 I don’t want to crash into you.   I’m 5’3″ (almost but lets round up) and around 120-125lbs so it may not hurt as much if I ram into you but trust me, there are bigger runners out there (my friend is my height but 130 lbs of pure muscle) that would hurt you more than them if them rammed into you.  So stay safe and be aware of your surroundings when you’re at a race (and well… just in general stay safe!) so everyone can finish in one piece!

Okay rant over! Haha.

Another thing I want to quick touch upon is spitting! PLEASE look before you spit! I know it sounds gross but yes, I’ve seen people spit and I’ve had a closer encounter or two and I’d much rather not ever go through that again!

So tell me, what are your pet peeves?

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22 thoughts on “Tuesday on the Run – Race Etiquette/Pet Peeves

    • I’ve passed people walking IN THE MIDDLE that were in pace groups 2 ahead of me. Yes we have bad days but after some bib stalking and seeing their previous results…they should have known better than to pick a sub elite corral! (I had to slow down to dodge/weave around them hence why I remembered them enough to do some bib stalking haha)

  1. Very good reminders! It also bothers me when a bunch of people run together and make it hard to pass them. Like 2-3 is ok but more than that they should really make more than one line! Also when I am out running and people are running/walking with their jobs and have them on a leash and it is stretched out and I can’t get around them, that bothers me too:)

    • Yes! I don’t mind dogs since I usually just step off the sidewalk but if they EXPECT me to risk going onto the road with them/don’t even try to pull their dogs over then that’s just rude!

  2. I have to say the spitting/snot rocket thing as well! I always look before I snot-rocket, though I usually end up getting it on myself instead of the side of the road!

  3. SO TRUE!

    And since i run towards the mid-back of the pack I would add PLEASE don’t run/walk with a group and all stop to walk at the same time creating a giant wall that no one can get around! That is so annoying! No more than two people across, please!!!

  4. Those are both great pet peeves Carmy. I am short also and I totally go to the side because I don;t want to get run over by someone if I have to stop. I get so aware when I have to spit while running, even when just running out on my own. If I am in a area where there are cars or people, I head over off the road or sidewalk and turn my back away from people and go low to spit. I just think it is gross but I know we can’t help ourselves sometimes.

  5. Ugh, stoppers are pretty terrible. Especially at water stops where if you end up running into them, both of you end up covered in water or sticky Gatorade!
    I can’t stand it when people line up closer to the start line than they should. Please know your place- don’t force me to weave around you in the first 3rd of the race when you clearly have different race goals than me.

    • Yes!!!!! Don’t grab water and stop dead at the first volunteer! I’ve started taking water from the volunteers near the end of the water station for this reason

  6. I don’t understand why people stop/walk in the middle of the course either. To add to your pet peeves, it drives me crazy when I’m approaching the finish line after working my a$$ off, and some jerk comes from nowhere and runs right in front of me ruining my (awesome, of course) finish line photo! Does this happen to anyone else?

  7. Yes, yes and yes. The random stopping is just crazy dangerous for everyone involved! And spitting is gross, no one should ever spit without pulling over to the side and making 100% sure no one is in the splash zone! Thanks for linking up with us!

  8. I also go crazy when walkers stop in place and expect everyone to do the same. But my worst pet peeve is when there are groups that don’t want you to pass….very annoying.

  9. Yup that’s definitely one of my pet peeves. I have come barrelling into people because they stop in the middle of a trail. Then they look at me like I am the bad guy! Grrrrr!

    • exactly! I HATE it when I’m running on a narrow path and a group is coming from the other direction and NONE of them budge! I usually stare them down and barrel into the one closest to me because technically I’m entitled to half of the path. And yet I’m the bad guy if they don’t want to run single-filed when passing! ):<

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