The Norton Sports Health 10k is almost here! If this is your first or 40th 10k, we have the information and tips to make race day easier.
The Norton Sports Health 10k is quickly approaching! It’s almost time to put all of your training to the test. If this is your first or 40th 10k, we have the information and tips to make race day easier.
Days before the race
- Keep an eye out for emails with important information about the race.
- Parking will be available at two locations: near the Egg Lawn inside The Parklands and at Highview Baptist Church. To enter the Parklands parking area, use the main entrance to Beckley Creek Park from Shelbyville Road. Those who park at Highview Baptist Church will be shuttled to and from the Egg Lawn. All participants will receive final parking instructions by email the week of the race.
- Check the course route. The Great Pumpkin 10k runs through Beckley Creek Park.
Friday, Sept. 20 · 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 · 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
The night before the race
- Dinner is even more important than breakfast the day of the race. Make sure you have a well-balanced meal of lean protein and carbohydrates. Be sure to stay hydrated as well. Stick with water instead of caffeinated or sugary drinks or alcohol.
- Check the weather. It’s a good idea to check the forecast and plan what you’ll wear on race day ahead of time.
- Lay your clothes and gear out the night before. This step can help ease your mind for race day — you won’t have to worry that you’ve forgotten anything crucial for your run.
- Expect that you won’t get a good night’s sleep. You might be nervous or worried. Make sure the week leading up is filled with rest.
Race day morning
- Give yourself plenty of time. Schedule the morning to give yourself time get ready, eat, hydrate and travel to the start line.
- You will want to eat first thing, and then take a snack and water with you to have a few minutes before the start. The race begins at 9 a.m.
- Watch your pace. The excitement of the race start might push you to run a bit faster during those first couple of miles. Keep your cool and check your pace. You can do it!
- Ask for help if you need it. Norton Healthcare provides a medical tent staffed with doctors, nurses and athletic trainers near the start/finish line to help you should you experience anything from cramps to a medical emergency.