4. Start watching for signs that your selected support stop coming up
5. Rip the gel open with your mouth! (or hand…)
6. Approach water stop.
7. Don’t stop at the first table. It’s usually the most congested, so you’re better off heading to a table/person further down the way.
8. The support station will usually be staggered with drink options. Now, if the tables/support is on both sides of the route, I would actually suggest that you head to the tables on the left side. Most people are right-handed so the tables on the left always seem less congested (and I’m left handed!)
9. Make eye contact with the volunteer who is handing you a cup, and clearly say what you’re looking for “WATER” or “POWERADE”
10. Reach out and grab your cup!
11. Say Thanks. Very important. These are volunteers!
12. Squeeze the cup into a “V” so it’s more like a funnel.
13. Drink it up!
14. If you typically walk through water stops, need a little extra time to choke down the GU, or are just having a bad day, try to keep moving past the last volunteer and move out of the way as to not get in the way of other runners.
15. Try to toss your cup into the garbage cans though it’s okay if you throw it on the ground. Just don’t throw it at a volunteer or another runner!
I hope these tips help you at your next race. Stay hydrated, runners!