Did you know that you can find a race scheduled almost every weekend?
You can hop right onto the starting line almost every week if you choose. However, the idea of joining a race may be daunting for a beginner. Here’s the good new; after your first race you would most likely immediately get on to searching for the next. Joining in on an actual race is actually quite fun, even if it is your first. You will find many participants who join in for the fun of it and are not actually racing for a fast finish. They just want to complete it. It is a great feeling when you reach the finish line just knowing that you stuck with it and completed the course.
Here’s how it works:
There is normally a small entry fee however if you are the stingy type, you can opt to crash the race. Runners crash races all the time for various reasons.
All you have to do to sign up for a race is fill out the registration form and pay the entrance fee. For most races you can do this online. Then you collect your race pack on the collection date which is usually a few days before the race. The race pack consists of a race t-shirt and goodies from the sponsors; so you almost always get your money’s worth. In your race pack you will also get your race number which you will have to pin somewhere on your clothes for the run. Some races will include a tag to track your timing. Show up on race day wearing the race t-shirt, your number, the race tag and just follow the crowd.
Here are some races scheduled over the next few months. Sign up for a five to seven kilometers race and just go for it. You won’t have to train really hard for this. Just keep with the three week running schedule I provided in my earlier article (click here) and you will do fine.
Saturday, 25th February 2012
Putrajaya Charity Fun Run 2012
Venue: University Tenaga Nasional, Putrajaya
Time: 7:30am to 12:00pm
Entry Fee: RM8 (student), RM15 (public)
Closing Date: Not state
Official Website | Facebook
Sunday, 4th March 2012
1 Vision Run 2012
Venue: Padang Merbok, Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur
Distance: 3km, 5km & 10km
Entry Fee: RM40
Closing Date Registration: 19th February 2012
Register Online at MYRaceonline
World Kidney Day Run 2012
Venue: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Distance: 5km & 7km
Entry Fee: RM30, Students RM15, Fun Run RM25
Closing Date Registration: 25th February 2012 or 4000 participants
Official Website | Registration Form
Sunday, 11th March 2012
Brooks Half Marathon 2012
Venue: National Stadium Bukit Jalil,KL
Distance: 5km, 10km and 21km
Entry Fee: RM35, RM55 and RM65 respectively
Closing Date Registration: 15th February 2012
Official Website | Online Registration
Run For Sight 2012
Entry Fee: RM40/Team Member
Closing Date: 25th February 2012 or 500 teams
Register Online at MYRaceonline
Sunday, 18th March 2012
MMU Charity Run 2012
Venue: Multimedia University Melaka, Melaka
Entry Fee: RM20 (student) and RM25 (public)
Closing Date Registration: 25th February 2012
MMU Charity Run | Facebook
Sunday, 6th May 2012
Borneo International Marathon 2012
Venue: Likas Sports Stadium, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Distance: 42km, 21km & 10km
Closing Date Registration: 15th March 2012
Official Website: http://borneomarathon.com/home
Sunday, 13th May 2012
PJ Dawn Marathon 2012
Venue: Stadium Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Distance: 12km and 21km
Closing Date Registration: 1st April 2012 or 5000 participants whichever earlier.
Official Website: http://pjdawn.com/index-2.html
Additional Race Day Tips
- There will be a lot of people so parking could be an issue. Come early to get a good spot or you will be walking quite a distance after your race.
- Eat a good meal at least 9 hours before you leave for your race. Don’t binge If you don’t want to be toilet hunting in mid-race. Don’t cut back either should you have a weight loss goal or you will run out of energy too soon in the race.
- Most races will provide a light breakfast but for some runners this is not enough. Have a light non-chilly, non-greasy breakfast. Sandwiches, corn flakes and fruits are common breakfast choice. Add your breakfast menu into your training. This way you won’t face unwanted surprises.
- There are water stations every two or three kilometers but bring along a bottle of water for the in between. Hydration is very important. Avoid carbonated drinks.
- Warm-up sufficiently before the race. Getting cramps half way out is no fun.
- Don’t go out with your brand new running shoes on race day. Run with them a few times prior to the race.
- Socks are a must.