9 Tips to Have a Great Time at Spring Forward - ONIE Project

9 Tips to Have a Great Time at Spring Forward

Posted by ONIE Project on 03/05/2014

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It’s race week; just 4 days until Spring Forward.  On March 9, 2014, it is time to set your clocks forward and get moving at MWC Regional Park!

What should I wear?

The weather forecast is the 50s with no chance of rain-perfect for an afternoon in the park. The best advice is to not overdress. Dress as if the weather is 10-15 degrees warmer than it is because you will warm up on the course. By dressing in layers, you can stay warm while hanging around before and after the race. On the course, you can take a layer off and tie it around your waist.

IMG_8921What time should I get there?

The festivities begin at 12:30 p.m.  Show up early and enjoy the games and activities at the Wellness Expo. For those who came last time, expect many new and exciting activities.  The group warm-up begins at 2:30 and the race starts at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you did pick up your packet on Friday or Saturday, packet-pick up at the race is at 12:30.

What should I eat for lunch?

They key is to avoid any heavy food.  Bagels, bananas, and peanut butter are good choices. These foods give you both a carbohydrate and a protein that will give you energy throughout the whole race; energy that will last. Foods like cheeseburgers, pizzas, and fried foods can give you a stomach ache when you are active; not good.

What should I drink?

Drink water before, during, and after the race. Please bring your own water bottle so you have plenty to drink all day. Drinking water and staying hydrated are an important part of your race day. We will have a couple of water stops on the course.

How fast should I go?

There is a big temptation to start off fast when the whistle goes off, and lots of people are around. If you start too fast you can run out of energy. The best strategy is to pace yourself and save energy for the finish line. IMG_9097_motherdaughterfinish

What if I come in last?

It is not a compete race. You have succeeded by showing up and completing the race. Congratulate yourself for beating the thousands who are on the couch, and missing out on the great fun you are having with your friends and family.

What if I get separated from my friends and family on the finish line?

Create a plan before the race, and agree upon a place to meet friends and family after the race.

IMG_8890How do I dress up in a costume?

Let’s Get Midwest City Moving will give a prize to the best costume. No worries, there is no need to spend a lot of money getting a special costume. Fun, creative costumes can be made from what you have on hand.  We have a few hints on how to get started:

  • Start with your closet.
  1. Do you have clothes on hand that you can turn into a theme, like green for a leprechaun.
  2. Do your children have some stockings and a big shirt? Blow up a bunch of balloons and pin them on to go as a grape.
  3. Tear up the legs of some old pants, and splatter some red paint onto a shirt. Add some face paint, and a ghoulish zombie emerges.
  • A good costume is often about being clever, it does not need to be a time consuming project.
  1. Old t-shirts can be shredded to make a decorative head band.
  2. Create a Lego costume by taping pieces of cardboard together; spray paint the cardboard to decorate.
  3. Add a tail to black sweat pants, and go as a cat.
  4. Grab anything in your closet that looks like the 1960s or 1970s, add a headband and go retro.

The last and best tip!

It is all about having fun and spending time with your friends, family, and community. We will have tons of encouraging signs and people along the course to help keep you on route and cheer you on as you finish!! Have a great time andIMG_9998 enjoy the music, games, and activities at the Wellness Expo. Have your picture taken at the Family Fun Photo Booth. Also, you are invited to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to the Midwest City Food Pantry. We can't wait to see everyone at the race on Sunday! YMCA and ONIE Logo Photo

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