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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct: Races

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At all New York Road Runners (“NYRR”) events, participants should conduct themselves in a courteous manner, respect all fellow participants, volunteers, event staff, spectators, and members of the community, and follow the Rules of Competition. Proper race etiquette is expected at all times, including maintaining awareness of your surroundings and of the announcements and instructions from event officials.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Runners may not engage in any verbal or actual misconduct that is abusive, harassing, insulting, or offensive, even if it does not fall within the prohibitions that are outlined in NYRR’s Rules of Competition.  

Runners should be respectfully quiet during the pre-race announcements and during the playing of the national anthem.

Start
Please give yourself enough time to pick up your race number and enter your corral. Enter only the corral you are assigned to or a slower one.

Headphones
The use of headphones is strongly discouraged. If you choose to wear headphones, please ensure that you can hear all announcements and remain aware of your surroundings, including other participants.

Mobile Devices
The use of mobile devices while participating in the event for anything other than to track your run, or for use after the event, is strongly discouraged.

Running Courtesy
Forming. Do not run in groups of three or more abreast; wide groups become barriers to other runners.

Passing. Communicate when passing a runner, and allow others to pass. If someone running behind you says, “On your left,” move to your right to let the runner pass. If someone says, “On your right,” move to your left.

Stopping. Do not stop abruptly. If you stop to drink at an aid station, take water from the furthest point on the table or line to avoid congestion and continue to walk forward. If you need to tie your shoelaces, move to the side of the course.

Spitting. Take care when you spit and blow your nose to avoid hitting other participants.

Helping. If you encounter a runner in distress, offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station, event official, or the event medical emergency line 866-705-6626.

Portable Toilets
Please be considerate in portable toilet lines. Do not cut in line or into another line.  Respect that others will use the toilet after you. Urinating or defecating in the corrals, at the post-finish walk-off, or in park woods is not only discourteous, but also a violation of NYRR’s Rules of Competition, and you risk disqualification by engaging in such conduct.

Race Attire
We strongly discourage male participants from racing without shirts, and/or from removing their shirts during the race.

Trash
Please deposit all trash in the provided receptacles, including at aid stations. When discarding cups at aid stations, use caution to avoid hitting other participants.

Lost and Found Items
If you find an item during or after the event, please turn it into the NYRR staff tent or to any NYRR event official. NYRR will make best efforts to make these items available for pick up by the next day at the NYRR RUNCENTER, located at 320 West 57th Street. Items will be held for 30 days and discarded if not claimed by their owner.

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