Tips for your Next Charity Race
Now that the spring time is coming around, it is really the perfect time to start training for races and marathons. Summer and fall are when the biggest events and marathons will happen, so getting your training done in the spring time is really important. Not all people want to run competitively though, many like to do it for altruistic purposes too. Running a charity race is great because it lets you get fit and healthy, but you also get contribute something to a good cause too. There are many charities out there which really need money to continue their good work, and finding some sponsors for your next race or charity run is the perfect way to do it. If you want to do some charity runs this year, then follow these simple tips and you will do just fine!
One of the most important things to keep in mind when going for any charity race is to not overdress for the occasion. When you run, there is always the ambient heat, heat stored in the pavement, the direct sunlight, and the body heat generated from running as well, and this means that it is actually better to be slightly underdressed for the race. Your body will heat up while you run, and if you are overdressed, this can cause you to overheat very quickly, and that’s no good. It is recommended that you dress for weather that is 20 degrees colder than expected, this way you won’t overheat.
Pack a Bag
You definitely want to pack a bag before you go on your run so that you have everything you need to get you through the day. No, you don’t have to run with your bag, but you can leave it at the finish line or in your car; it will come in handy before and after the race. If you don’t have a car and don’t want to leave it with strangers at the finish line, you can alwyas give it to friends or family who aren’t taking part in the run. Some things that you should always remember to bring include your bib number and safety pins, a hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, Band-Aids and a first aid kit, a jacket and pants, a dry change of clothes, plenty of water, and some snacks for after your run.
You should always carry your ID with you when going on a run, so in case anything happens, the proper people can be contacted right away. You can choose to carry your idea in a fanny pack around your waist, or even get a bracelet or shoe-tag ID card that won’t get in your way while you run. The things that your ID should include are your name, emergency contacts, and other important information such as existing health issues as well as allergies towards drugs. If nothing else, you can even write your emergency contact info on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket. Also, if you have a cell phone with you, always have an “In Case of Emergency” listing in your cell phone; this will let the first responders know everything that they need to know.