Breaking a Finish Tape: A How-To Guide for Global Running Day

Breaking a Finish Tape: A How-To Guide for Global Running Day

Hi, I'm Ted Doyle. You may remember me from such third-place finishes as the 2016 Jingle Bell Jog and the 2017 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5M).

But I'm here today to teach you about something I learned in the 2016 Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M): How to break a finish line tape.

If you're wondering, yes, yes I did make this my profile photo on Facebook almost immediately afterward.

As part of our celebration of Global Running Day, NYRR will be setting up finish tapes just like this one in locations throughout New York City on June 6. And since this year's holiday falls right around NYRR's 60th birthday, we're setting up 60 finish lines around the world, with many of them right here in the five boroughs.

So now, before you set off to stride through the tape, here are a few dos and don'ts for you to prepare for your finish-line moment.

Do
Keep running all the way through—you don't want to just pass through the finish, you want to break that tape. (Although we must request that you do not actually break the finish tape.)

Do
Strike a pose! Show some emotion! Channel your inner Shalane Flanagan and cross that finish line with feeling.

Don't
Walk through the tape and grab it on your way through—that's really more of a triathlete move, and this is Global Running Day.

Do
Capture your finish line moment! Bring a friend along to take your picture, and then return the favor for them. We'll have some iconic backdrops for our finish line locations, just in case you want to plan out your shot beforehand.

Don't
Forget that these finish lines are not on a race course. Be mindful that there are other people nearby, so make sure you have clearance on the roadway, or the sidewalk, or the boardwalk, before you start your run.

Do
Use this as an excuse to take a healthy break from your workday. Global Running Day means any amount of running counts—even if it's just the 30-or-so feet that you'll run up to the tape. But if you'd like to run a little more than that...

Don't
Miss out on an opportunity to race on Global Running Day. Sign up today for the NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M and you can count one mile of your run toward your race result. Plus, if you're part of the Virtual 6 program, you can run your race someplace like the Coney Island boardwalk while you work on earning credit toward next year's Popular® Brooklyn Half.

And finally...
Do
Keep checking globalrunningday.org to learn more about where you can celebrate, and share your finish line photos on social media using the hashtag #GlobalRunningDay.

Wherever you are, we're hoping to see you out there on June 6!

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