Monday, June 8, 2009

Race day tips for Nordic Walkers

If an event has a separate category for walkers/NW please don't do a mixture of run/walk. If you want to run/walk that's fine but please register as a runner.

Don't eat or drink anything out of the ordinary. This is not the time to experiment.

Wear comfortable clothing that breathes (Quick dry material)

Don’t wear new sneakers on race day….they should be broken in beforehand

I find putting HYPAFIX on my feet before the event works best to prevent blisters.

Bring water with you on the NW

Arrive early get registered and get off your feet for a while before the race, then warm up slowly before the race starts.

Don’t start off to fast ease into your race day pace but make sure it’s your race pace, don’t get caught up in the hype

If this is a run category event make your way to the back of the starting pack as you don't want to get caught up with the runners.

Take a bathroom break at least 15 minutes before the start, don’t leave it till the last minute

Never walk more than two abreast

Don’t make a sudden lane change without checking behind you

The runners will go around you but stay in your lane until you’re clear to change

Wear sun block

Wear a hat with a visor

Be courteous to other participants

Always smile and say “thank you” to the volunteers at the water stops

Have some piece of ID on you during the race that has the name of person to be contacted in case of injury

If you had a great time tell the race organizers

Have fun….and laugh a lot…’ve worked very hard to get here .

After the event is over make sure you drink plenty of fluids and have something to eat. There is usually bananas and bagels available after the event, but check to make sure.

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