Over the years, 5K races have become increasingly family friendly. This is especially true when it comes to charity 5K races. So many have special elements or themes like color runs, turkey trots, costume contests, pet-friendly, etc. to make running a more accessible family event. It all depends on your planning logistics. If you’re ready to make families feel more welcome at your race, SpectaSport can help organize your first stroller friendly 5K.
Planning a Stroller Friendly 5K Race
1. Be attentive to safety considerations.
While it’s very likely most athletic parents have done their own research about running with strollers, make sure that all safety concerns are made clear. It is generally recommended that children are at least 8 months old before riding along for runs. This makes sure their neck muscles are strong enough to keep their heads up for any bumps in the road.
2. Pick the right trail.
If you’re going to plan a stroller-friendly race, make sure you pick a stroller-friendly trail. This means picking something that’s generally smooth and flat for the duration of the race. If there are any significant cracks in the pavement or narrow points that could cause foot-traffic jams, it’s probably not the right place.
3. A good start is everything.
It is very common for race directors to politely request that parents running with strollers begin at the back of the race (no worries, with chip timing this is not a disadvantage!). This allows the other runners to start without having to worry about weaving through strollers and children. All in all, it’s safer for everybody.
4. Check if your insurance allows strollers.
USATF sanctioned/insured races do not allow strollers. SpectaSport can point you in the right direction for a major insurance provide that does allow strollers in their insured races.
Learn More About Race Planning with SpectaSport
SpectaSport is a race timing company with over a decade of experience in chip timing and race management. Whether you are organizing your first event or you are charity 5K veteran, our services can make your big day hassle-free. If you’re ready to create a foolproof race timing plan, fill out our online form or call (610) 306-0574 to connect with SpectaSport today.