What To Do When Signing Up For Your First Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 28, 2010

Beginning runners are often challenged finding the right race for the right time.

According to an article in the Modesto Bee, first-time runners are signing up for distance races in increasing numbers. But when is the right time to complete the right distance? Many first-timers struggle with their first long race and often become frustrated with the sport when they can’t complete the course.

Mike Hamberger, the owner of D.C. Running Coach, says that runners should ask themselves how long they expect the race should take. They should also ask themselves the question of whether or not walking is acceptable during the race. “If it takes too long to answer the question, the answer is probably no,” Hamberger said.

Another thing for first-time runners to consider is how long they’ve been practicing the sport before signing up for a race. Hamberger says to run a year before doing any races. At that point, they should be able to run a 5K. It’s in the third year that they can then begin to contemplate the half marathon or marathon.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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