I think that any runner can agree that good spectators can make a big difference in your race experience.
As Scott and I are gearing up to head down to Des Moines this weekend for the half marathon, I did some thinking about key things that I appreciate from spectators during my previous races. . .
Super cool funny sign –> a good sign can make all the difference. A couple of signs on my first marathon course really helped me. Motivational, funny, true, whatever as long as it gives me something to think about other than my quads. Some of my favorites:
Kleenex –> because my nose always runs and a Kleenex is a nice thing to have.
Gummy Bears <—my favorite food to eat during a race. . .not any other time, except during a half marathon or marathon! During the Des Moines half marathon last year, there was a nice lady about mile 11 handing out gummy bears and I loved her for it.
Sprinkler –> only on a super hot day and make it option. i.e. don’t spray people. . if you have a house on the race course, it might be nice to have a sprinkler running so that people can run through it if they want to, but avoid it if they want to.
Music –> crank. it. up.
What’s your best spectator tip??