As the Honoring Our Heroes Marathon approaches on the 18th of November, 2023, participants from all walks of life gear up for one of the USA's premier running events. Whether you're sprinting through a 5k or conquering the marathon, knowing how to prepare can make all the difference. Dive into this guide for top tips on what to bring, wear, and expect for a stellar race day experience.
Why the "Honoring Our Heroes Marathon" is Unique This event isn’t just any race—it’s a tribute. With every step you take, you contribute to a noble cause, with all proceeds supporting Missouri Veterans and Mission 22. Let each stride resonate with the heartbeats of the heroes we honor.
1. What to Bring to the RaceRace Essentials Don't start your race on the wrong foot. Always have your race bib visible for our video and still photographers, as well as timing strips. You will receive your Bib at Packet Pick up at our free EXPO/PASTA PARTY in Salem the evening before the race, or just before your event on Race Day.
Stay Hydrated While water stations dot the course (every two miles from mile0-13 then every mile to the finish line), a personal water bottle, especially filled with your preferred electrolyte mix, can be a lifesaver.
Quick Energy Boosters Energy gels, chews, or even bananas can keep fatigue at bay, especially for those tackling longer distances. We will have snacks at every aid station and offer gels at mile 20.
Gear Check Bag For those utilizing the gear check option, pack essentials—change of clothes, post-race snacks, and personal care items. Our Gear Check Guy (a veteran himself) will transport your gear bag (attach the tear-off label from your bib to your bag) will collect the gear bags at the start of both the full and half marathons, and transport them inside the Lion’s Den at the finish line.
2. Race Day Attire: Dressing for SuccessWeather-Ready Running Gear November chills call for moisture-wicking base layers. Yet, a last-minute weather check ensures you’re not underdressed or overdressed. Check our website for any last-minute weather updates! Might be nice to have inexpensive outerwear to shed if it warms up: we collect all discards and donate them to charity.
Reliable Running Shoes Comfort and reliability are key. Ensure shoes are broken in but not worn out. Same thing with socks: don’t wear new socks on Race Day! Break them in first.
Anti-Chafe Solutions From quality socks to anti-chafe balm, every detail matters. Minimize discomfort and maximize performance. Seams can create chafing your first long event. Protect those spots as well!
Be Visible Dawn or dusk runners should consider reflective gear for added safety. Earbuds are great for passing the time but are discouraged because you need to be aware of others passing you/traffic, plus you’d miss the cattle mooing their encouragement!
3. On Race Day: Setting ExpectationsEmbrace the Atmosphere The starting line will buzz with excitement. Pace yourself and soak in the positive vibes. THE ARMY ROCK BAND will be playing for you at two of the start points!! HOO-AH!
Route Surprises From scenic views to unexpected inclines, anticipate a mix of challenges and pleasures. Look for the funny/inspirational signs along the way, and the sponsors of the 200 US Flags lining our course!
Crowd Support Expect enthusiastic crowds in Rolla.. Their cheers can offer a much-needed morale boost. The volunteers at our Aid Stations have been called the Best in the Industry!
Virtual Participation For virtual runners, recreate the race ambiance at home with family cheer squads, and personalized water stations. Perhaps wear a placard of the veteran(s) you are honoring. Or carry a flag to show your cause and your patriotism!
Conclusion: More Than Just a RaceThe Honoring Our Heroes Marathon symbolizes gratitude and support for true heroes. As you prepare, remember the cause powering your run. Whether a 5k or a full marathon, virtual or in-person, every step counts. Ready, set, make a difference!