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  1. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 22, 2010

    Ooh great tips! I think the best race spectators are the ones that can actually take FLATTERING photos! 😉
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  2. Amanda (Eating Up)
    November 22, 2010

    Elf yourself is genius! Always guaranteed a good laugh!
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  3. Tami
    November 22, 2010

    http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/u0F6cqVsTvRmselb?cmpid=ey_fb_self
    my kids love this-i think their favorite part is when they say Jib Jab in the beginning!

  4. Alison (Ali on the Run)
    November 22, 2010

    Great post! I love this. Thanks for the spectating tips, Jess!

  5. Nicole
    November 22, 2010

    Can you bring me some of your soup? I’m getting sick and could really use some, it looks so yummy!

  6. Becky
    November 22, 2010

    The BEST thing I have found my spectators to have is a helium balloon of some sort. You can buy it the night before and let everyone know that you have it and what shape you bought. The runner can then easily spot you in the mass crowds of people! Just hold on tight to that balloon or else your runners will be looking for it and it won’t be there….that has happened too 🙂

  7. Sarah @ goingongoals
    November 22, 2010

    I love your new favorite snack – apple sauce and granola.

  8. Kacy
    November 22, 2010

    This is so true! Spectators can really make or break a race!

  9. Allie
    November 22, 2010

    Aww, what a thoughtful post, I LOVE spectators-they make the race 10x better!! I really gotta try applesauce and granola 🙂
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  10. Meghan
    November 22, 2010

    As a runner, one of my favorite part of racing is looking at all the different signs! My favorite one: “Your feet hurt because you’re kicking so much ass.”

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
      November 22, 2010

      That sign rocks.
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  11. Lauren
    November 22, 2010

    Cheer LOUD and be excited for your runner!
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  12. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    November 22, 2010

    I Elfed myself:

    http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/CLGiWIfWjKZFrVpy
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  13. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 22, 2010

    haha they are some crazy elf moves you have got going on there 🙂
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  14. Rachel
    November 22, 2010

    Woo! Space Coast Half Marathon!! It will be my first and I am so excited. Hope to see you, Kelly, Ben, and Derek on race day. 🙂

  15. Caitlin
    November 22, 2010

    I did a post on this once:

    http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2010/05/how-to-be-the-worlds-best-spectator.html

    Some good tips!
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  16. Britt @ Runnerbelle
    November 22, 2010

    I have found that along with an idea of what mile you will be at, also figure out WHICH SIDE of the road you will be on. I have totally missed people cause I was looking on the wrong side of the road while I was running……… depending on the race that can make a HUGE difference due to how wide the road is at that point on the course.
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  17. kathleen
    November 22, 2010

    my all time favorite spectators were the bums on south beach during the miami marathon/half-marathon. they were trying to sell every runner that went by water and pants.

    totally not kidding about the pants.
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  18. Madeline – Greens and Jeans
    November 22, 2010

    In college a bunch of my friends came to support me and my friend Keri during a half and they had a huge sign that said “Madeline and Keri! We’re right here!” and they tied balloons to it. Definitely made them easy to spot! 🙂
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  19. hippierunner
    November 22, 2010

    What a great series! I’ll remember to show this to my family next time I race!

  20. Bridget@PavementandPlants
    November 22, 2010

    THANK YOU for the stick to the plan! My dad was supposed to be at mile 6 of the marathon and I planned on tossing him my long sleeve shirt. He wasn’t, I spent 3 miles looking for him, and I ended up having to toss my shirt to some random person. STICK TO IT!!!!

  21. amanda
    November 22, 2010

    ha, i’ve been elfing my nieces all morning. i’m a little bit obsessed.

    i wish it were possible to send things through the computer screen…because that soup looks so warm and cozy, i’d love to be able to reach through all the way to orlando and help myself! :o)

  22. Kiran
    November 22, 2010

    Great tips!

    I love leftover soups – somehow the flavors are magnified!
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  23. Mara @ What’s For Dinner?
    November 22, 2010

    I’ve never actually been a race spectator… i’m a bad friend 🙁
    but i elfed myself! http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/REnlTMmgwoVz6Xso?cmpid=ey_fb_self
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  24. emily
    November 22, 2010

    My tip (not necessarily for volunteers, but for workers) is to know the course! I ran a poorly marked 5k over Halloween and none of the workers could ever tell me my distance. Not a big deal in the scheme of things but very frustrating when you feel like you can’t run another step and aren’t sure whether or not to push it.

  25. Kelley
    November 22, 2010

    Hi! I found your blog through Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point and I love it! I will have to keep and eye out for you this Sunday because I will be doing the Space Coast Marathon too (it’s my first)!

  26. Amy at TheSceneFromMe
    November 22, 2010

    Thanks for introducing the granola and applesauce combo to me! Can’t wait to try it!
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