A Runner and A Gentleman
Runners play a significant role in determining whether an event is enjoyable or not. At the same time, being a customer does not give a runner the right to act like a monkey. We can all agree that no one likes to see offensive behaviour in sports. In Golf, there is an official etiquette which all golfers around the world must follow strictly. In commercial running events, there is no such official code of conduct, except occasionally, there is a race guidebook whose contents differ from one event to another. To help novice Runners get along with the experienced runners and make more friends, I have listed below some essential guidelines which can apply to all Runners and in any running event. Following my tips may not win you a popularity contest, but at least, you will not accidentally rain on someone else’s parade.
9 Good Running Habits
1. No Whining! Before registering for any event, be sure to conduct a thorough background check on the event organiser and read fully the terms and conditions of the event.
2. Your Health, Your Responsibility! Get a your doctor’s approval before taking part in a run, especially for new runners and runners with a medical condition.
3. No DNF! Be prepared and train adequately before going for any running challenge. It is sad to see a fellow Runner suffering from cramps and crying in pain.
4. Be Civil! Be considerate and courteous to other runners. Do not push and shove other runners. Do not spit while running with other runners nearby. Do not curse other runners or race volunteers. If you have to stop or walk, veer to the left of the road first.
5. Be Aware! Read and follow the race DOs and DON’Ts carefully. If you have any doubt, seek clarification from the organisers.
6. No Tantrums! Be fair to the race organiser. If you have a problem regarding the event, do not cry and shout about it online without first seeking proper clarification. Explain to the race organiser clearly what is your problem or the nature of your complaint. Organisers are more likely to assist you if you speak to them patiently and in a calm manner. Then, try and resolve the issue amicably between the two of you before seeking any 3rd Party arbitration. Most of the time, your problem is only a small oversight or misunderstanding which can be resolved quickly without much fuss.
7. Be Heard! Customer feedback is important to event companies because it can significantly help them to improve their products and services in the future. Therefore, as a customer, you should send a short note to the event organiser afterwards explaining what you like and dislike about their events.
8. Help Others! Leave no one behind. If you see another runner in obvious physical pain, ask them, “Can I help you?” or “Can I get you help?”. It is best for the whole running community when runners look-out for one another during a run, and as the saying goes – “If you want to run fast, run alone, but if you want to run far, run as a team”.
9. Life & Death! Always make sure that you have written the correct emergency contact name and number on your running bib.
About The Author
Gus is the Chief Entertainment Officer of Running Toons and he is passionate about endurance sports. As a sports writer, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner and follow gusghani @Instagram.