🚨Happy #SGXTrainingTip Thursday!🚨
Coach Robin Legat here and I’m bringing something a little different today. I’m going to talk about Trail/Race Etiquette!
Now some of you may think that the things I’m about to share well known and understood throughout all of Sparta. But that’s not necessarily the case! There are plenty of people hitting the course that may be new to trail running and new to racing. And the bottom line is that there are some basic etiquette rules out on the trail that can also translate to the race course. And by following these very basic rules, we can all do our part to be more courteous racers and better Spartans out on the course!
I have attached a handy-dandy infographic that I made for you to print, share and refer to as needed. But here’s a basic summary of my top three Trail/Race Etiquette tips:
⬅️1. “ON YOUR LEFT” – when passing, always try to pass on the left. And when you do, firmly but politely announce “on your left” to the racers in front of you. If you hear someone behind you say this to you, step to the right as soon as it is safe to do so. If you’re passing, it’s always nice to thank the people who let you pass and give them some encouragement!
😇2. PATIENCE PAYS OFF – If you arrive at an obstacle and someone is in the lane you want, be patient and wait for them to finish before starting on the obstacle. You know your speed, but you don’t know the speed of the person in front of you – and what you do on the obstacle could end up affecting the person in front of you. Especially on obstacles like Twister and Tyrolean Traverse. It’s better to take a few extra seconds to wait it out than cause someone else to do burpees!
🤝3. ASK BEFORE OFFERING HELP – Just because you see someone struggling doesn’t automatically mean that the person wants help. There could be a variety of reasons someone would turn down help, including being a competitive racer (who is not allowed to accept help) or just wanting to try completing the obstacle on their own. It’s a great instinct to want to help, but be sure to ASK first before offering. If you are told yes, by all means help! But if they say no, do not be offended. Wish them well and move on. And speaking of competitive racers, if you see someone wearing a colored armband, you probably shouldn’t offer them help. Do your part to keep competitive races competitive!
Hopefully these three Trail/Race Etiquette tips will answer some questions you might have and help you have a strong, fast and smooth race day. Do you have any race etiquette tips you’ve learned along the way? If so, share them in the comments! AROO!! 🙌