Tip of the Week – Top 10 Race Day Tips

1- Runners must pick up their race number, technical shirt, and bag-check bag at the United Airlines NYC Half Experience Presented by New Balance, which will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation card with your QR code (either printed or emailed to your smartphone). Team for Kids runners will pickup their bibs at the Team for Kids bib pickup counter. Do not pick up your bib at the general bib counters as other runners will be doing. Confirmation card can be downloaded from your My NYRR profile.

2- If traveling, pack all race day gear in your carry on bag (running shoes, TFK singlet, shorts, socks, etc.).

3- Pack throw-away clothing for race morning to keep warm & dry (hat, gloves, sweat shirt and pants, etc.).

4- Have a race plan and stick to it!!! As a reminder, TFK coaches will be on the course if you need support.

5- Prepare your pre-race and race-day nutrition ahead of time. Stick to what you practiced during your long runs. Always have extra, just in case.

6- Put your name on the front and back of your race-day shirt so people can cheer you on. It really helps during those later miles.

7- Do NOT go out too fast!!! Trust your training and your race plan.

8- Don’t do anything new on race day!!! (nutrition, clothes, shoes, etc.)

9- Have a mantra that works best for you for the later miles (i.e. “Feet fast, legs strong, I can do this all day long”).

10- Remember the mission!!! If times get tough during your race think of the number one reason why you are doing this: supporting more than 215,000 students across the nation with free NYRR youth running programs, events, and resources!

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