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9 Helpful Tips for Your First Charity Race

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  • Fit mind. Fit body. Fit soul.
  • I have a belt that my bib hooks onto, so no need to worry about pins in my shirt or what happens if I take off a layer. It also has a pocket for fuel or phone.
  • Great article. I don't run because of my hip.
  • It is very important to overdress or underdress. Yes, it does say that in the article. I'm pretty sure it should say to NOT. I had to go back and look at that twice. lol
  • Great info! I wear a Road ID on my shoe...the kind with a pocket to hold my key, but I had not considered creating an ICE contact entry on my phone. As soon as I finished the article, I created one.
  • Thansk for the great article. A few of my friends and I are planning to run a 5K in December and these are some great tips. I was sort of wondering what to pack/bring and I'm the kind of person who is always nervous about something til I do it at least once or twice.
  • What a great article, Nancy! This will sure help anyone who is new to races.
    20-25 minutes warm-up! Ha ha that is funny. I do not know if I would be able to run 48 minutes after that!
  • Yeah to all of us getting rady to run our first 5ks! This was a great article, I saved it also! Good luck everyone!
  • I am definitely saving this article. I am runing my first 5K in October, so I am sure it will come in handy!
  • Thanks for this article. My first 5K is next Sunday and I found the tips very helpful.
    wonderful article. full of good ideas, I am doing a 5k charity walk in a few weeks and I'm so glad I came across this advice. Jill
  • Nice article, but I stopped running YEARS ago because I felt it was bad for my knees.
  • I am running a day after Thanksgiving 5K for a local Hospice organization. Anyone have any experience or suggestions concerning getting through the big feast day knowing that there is a race the next day? Foods to pay special attention to include or avoid? I appreciate any insight anyone may have.
  • Nice how-to Nancy! Wish I'd had this on my first race.
    Keep in mind that any layers you wear that you might want to take off during the race should be something you're willing/able to tie around your waist or carry. (The sleeveless overshirt doesn't work well for this reason).

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