Why You Should Sign Up for Your First Race

By Sara Butler

You might be a jogger or a walker or a cyclist -- but no matter who you are and what you enjoy doing, the idea of signing up for a race may have crossed your mind. You may wonder if a race is worth the time, money, and effort. The truth is, there are a lot of great reasons to sign up for a race -- and you may be surprised at just how much you enjoy it!

Work Toward Your Fitness Goals

Many people flourish when they have a specific goal to work on to keep them on track. When you sign up for a race and then work on a training program to help you prepare for it, then you know you will have to constantly challenge yourself in your training to meet your goal. That will make you less likely to skip a workout so you can be in the shape you need to be in order to finish your race.

It’s for a Good Cause

Your own personal health and fitness aside, many times the proceeds from a race will go to a charity. It might be a local cause, such as food bank, or a national one such as the American Heart Association. So, why not work to benefit the greater good as well as yourself by participating? You’ll feel good knowing you’re making a difference in the lives of others, too.

It Toughens You Up

When you strip it down to brass tacks, a race is a great form of peer pressure. If your goal is run a 5K, then you’ll be out there right alongside other people running it too. Can you beat them? Plus, your friends and family are there to cheer you on -- you can’t let them down! You want to look strong, so you push through and finish for the people who are there to support you as well as yourself.

It’s a lot of Fun!

Races will help you to meet new people who are interested in the same things as you. While you’re standing around, warming up, and stretching before the race, strike up a conversation with the person next to you. Plus, many races have an afterparty in which you can have snacks and drinks with live entertainment.

So, when are you going to sign up for your first race?

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