Coach Culpepper: Tips For Racing Boston

Qualifying for Boston is far from a guarantee. Make the most of your experience! Photo: PhotoRun.net

Relax Before The Race

For a race that has grown significantly over the years, the start line setting has remained relatively unchanged. With almost 30,000 runners converging in Hopkinton, the environment is quite crowded and includes hours of waiting for the traditional 10 a.m. start.

Similar to the morning shuttle, you need to plan for this aspect of the race mentally so as not to create unnecessary anxiety. It’s going to be a bit chaotic and extremely boring. You’re trained, ready to run and you’re excited, but the hours will pass slowly. Try to relax as much as possible and don’t let yourself get upset when having to wait in long lines at the portable restrooms.

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