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11/3/10 11:21 A

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I've pushed aside the idea for a PR at this race - I'd have to really push the second and third miles, and I'd rather just enjoy the scenery. It's an opportunity to run the flat streets of Chicago past Soldier Field, through Grant Park, etc. Should be fun!

Thanks again everyone for all the enlightenment!

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11/2/10 9:10 P

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I have run both very small and very large races. In my experience, the biggest difference between the two is that the bigger races tend to have much more or a party like atmosphere, whereas the small races tend to be more serious runners.

At something like one of the Rock n' Roll marathons you're much more like to to see people in costume, cheering groups with signs, etc. You are also much more likely to have to wait in a long line for the port-a-potty or get stuck in a slow moving crowd at the starting line. Although it's possible, you're better off not worrying about trying to set a PR and just have fun.

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10/30/10 2:37 P

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That's good to know dsquare . Then I won't get discouraged by a slower time for the first mile!

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10/30/10 1:55 P

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My experience with large events (Indianapolis 500 "Mini" Marathon (13.1 miles) was back in 1983-84. There were at least 5,000 runners. We formed up in groups according to expected pace. Faster runners up front; slower runners toward the back.
It was a festival. Although I ran a 6.5-7 minute pace back then, it took me more than ten minutes to get to the first mile. It all evened out. It was a big thrill to finish the race on the Indianapolis 500 Racetrack.
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10/22/10 8:10 P

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I can feel pretty nervous in crowds sometimes, but I really do love the big races and how they have such a party atmosphere!! Usually the hardest part for me is waiting in the corrals right before the start. Usually I'll wait off to one side or the other (the edge of the crowd) so I have a little breathing room on the edge! generally the crowd will thin out pretty well after a mile or so, and it helps if the race has a wave start. A lot of the big races do.

Good luck!

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10/22/10 4:54 P

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You may find you really enjoy the atmosphere of the big races. I find them exciting.

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10/22/10 10:34 A

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I usually start pretty slow, so I'm okay with not passing at the beginning. It will be weird having people in my space though. I'll just suck it up for the first mile and will keep telling myself that it's going to get better if it starts to work on my psyche.

They're using the code on the bib for timing, so it won't start until I cross the start line. I like the idea of staying to the outside - will try that.

Thanks for the reassurance and motivation - now I have something to take with me!

Edited by: WJORION at: 10/22/2010 (10:38)
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10/22/10 10:34 A

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I would scope out the start line - is there a start mat for the timing chips - if not I would start towards the front if I want accurate timing on the results board - if there is a mat - you can start anywhere and your chip will tell you an accurate time.

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10/22/10 9:59 A

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If they send runners off in waves it won't be as crowded and things will open up quickly. If not, then try to line up to the outside if you're worried about getting stuck behind people. If you're not concerned about any of that, then just go with the flow and enjoy the race. There will be so much going on you won't worry about the crowd (I am not a fan of big crowds, either).

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10/22/10 9:56 A

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I also line up on the edge of the crowd so that I don't feel quite so "close" to my fellow runners. After the first mile or so folks tend to thin out and you should be fine.

Good luck!

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10/22/10 9:54 A

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I line up farther back so by the time I get to the start the crowd is more friendly. It took six minutes to get to the start at the 13.1 earlier this month, but chip timing (which most large races have now) means your time doesn't start until you cross the line, whether you're in the first wave or the tenth. Less stress=more fun.

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I've found that in bigger races it takes about a mile before the crowd thins, but it really doesn't matter because you get all caught up in the race atmosphere and it's kind of exciting to be going out with all those people!

Just concentrate on your own race, and don't worry about the rest. It will be fun.

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10/22/10 9:38 A

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I usually participate in running events with around 250 runners. My next race will be in a crowd of about 15,000 in Chicago. I get a little anxious in tight crowds but otherwise I'm looking forward to the race. Any advice on how to handle this? Do people eventually find their place so the crowding thins out?

Wendy
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"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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