Notes for the First Time Runner and Reminders for the
Seasoned Veteran Runner
by: Les Wright, Race Director Lake Tahoe Marathon
your toenails a few days before you run.
your race bib on the front of your running shirt before you go to bed.
photographers need to see your race number to identify you and mail you your
proofs or post to the internet..
energy gel on to your waistband if you do not have pockets.
extra safety pins in your race bag.
some money in your pocket. An acquaintance had to drop out of the Paris
Marathon and didn’t have any money for a cab, bus, or phone call. and she
didn't speak French.
Tuck or pin a $20 and $1 bill into your pocket along with a credit card
tie your shoelaces.
your motel room bathroom just before you leave for the bus.
at the back of the pack and start slow. Do not start in the front and go out too
fast with the rabbits and then act as a road block to those behind you.
definitely must start at the back.
should stay on the shoulder of the road and not block faster runners
approaching from later starts.
Your timing chip is attached to the back of your
you cross the finish line someone will put your finishers medal
around your next. You might even get lucky.
time yourself and maybe remember the persons number just behind you in case you
"go missing in action" on the results sheet for some reason.
your warm up clothes into the provided numbered bag and then into the numbered
boxes at the start line. They will be transported to the finish line for you to
pick up after you finish the race.
always write my name on the bag as well as my race number. After the Tucson
Marathon I walked off with the wrong bag because the number was similar to mine
and I was a little punchy.
cup of water and drink plenty of fluids in general after the race to help
speed your recovery.
thank the volunteers profusely, before, during and after, who work for yours
thanks and appreciation (and the measly
T-shirt the marathon gives them).
into the cold lake and cool off your legs and feet. It will help them from
swelling and speed your recovery.
pair of sandals to wear after the race and the next day.
your medal proudly for the rest of the day and evening and on the plane home.
You earned it.
me if I'm forgetting something that should be on this list.
Thanks for coming…. enjoy your new friends and have fun.
Les Wright, Director