are key to a successful half marathon. Ask
most long distance runners and they will tell you that
course support is very helpful when it comes to
completing a successful race. There is something about
a 13.1 mile course lined with cheering spectators that
helps to keep the mind from wandering while running.
Perhaps it is
a word of encouragement, an inspirational sign or
banner, a group of people in costume or a theme at an
aid station that will be the one thing an athlete will
remember that helped them achieve their goal of
accomplishment. Regardless, it can all be summed up in
one word…support! If the runner has a great time in
Atkinson, they are more likely to return next year.
begins at 7:30 am and the
start/finish line is at Main and State
Streets. Race should conclude by noon.
how to be the best spectator:
Just try to create a party atmosphere!
everyone not just the runner that you got up at
7:00am to cheer on.
lame to just stand there and watch the runner go
past without yelling out to the runner
offering encouragement like....
Good Job! Keep
Running smooth! You
can do it! Way to
run! One stride at a
time! Way to focus!
Stay relaxed! Keep
it up! Way to go!
Call out the runners
name (on bib or
shirt color). We
Be careful where you are on the course, the worst
thing you can yell is "you are almost finished" when
you are at mile marker 8.
ringing a bell or blasting some music
sign that has an encouraging phrase and show it to
costume. It is nice to stand out in a sea of
drums, bring them!
artists welcome. Play an instrument? Bring it.
blanket, lawn chair, sunscreen, umbrella and/or a
band? Set up and entertain the runners!
with a group of people, dress up in costumes and
create a theme
Official Cheer Station with your Team, Club,
Company, or Organization
runner's expected pace per mile so you will know
when he or she will be at the different spectator
areas along the course
clear of course (street), do not cross the street.
area cleaner than when you arrived.
having fun as a spectator.