November 13 2017
These are the 10 most common types of spectators you'll see along the route on race day.
When it comes to race spectating, the mother of our Marathon Maniac knows a thing or two. Here are some spectating tips straight from one runner’s biggest fan—her mother.
Visit the race location a day or two early, so you can scope out the best vantage points! Ask about road closures and bring a map with you so you can find back roads to different viewing spots.
Bring a cooler! You’ll be able to pack your runner’s favorite fuel in case she needs a little extra—plus you’ll have room for your own snacks. Spectating is hard work!
Make a sign that inspires everyone, not just your runner. My mom got lots of smiles and thumbs-up for: “99.9% of people can’t do what you do…including me!”
Be loud! Even if it’s not your personality to do a lot of clapping and cheering, you’d be surprised how much fun it is. The runners get a huge boost and they need your energy!