This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Santa Monica for the inaugural 13.1 Marathon. I wasn’t running this race, but I was going to be a spectator there. This race is a flat, fast, out and back course and had numerous spots to cheer for the runners. One thing that was missing from the race was the crowd support. Many times during races I see people standing on the side of the road awaiting their friend to pass by. Nothing comes out of their mouth before seeing their friend, or after their friend has gone on to finish the race. Spectating a race is just as important as running a race!
When you are out there standing on the curb, watching numerous people running past in front of you, cheer them along. Many may be completing quite a personal feat, and your smiles and encouraging words can change a person's race mindset. Just clapping and cheering each runner along can be pivotal for them in the never-ending battle of stopping to walk. With many races starting up in the spring, the weather being so nice, and the competitors out there giving it their all, try to make time to cheer for those who have trained and are looking towards finishing a goal.
You can even make cheering more fun by bringing a boom box, dressing up, or making signs. You are already going to be along the race route, so make the best of your time out there. If you think about the fact that you will probably never see many of the people running again, making a fool of yourself is entertaining to many. Words of encouragement are truly appreciated by the runners at the race.