The race Bibs are the most prominent feature of any racing or running event. When you participate in a marathon or half marathon or even 10k, 5k or park runs, you will be given a rectangular shape 2D object like a piece of paper. This is called BIB- The Racing Bib.
I retain my racing Bibs long after the races are over. These Bibs act as souvenirs to my races. Wearing a Bib is a runner’s fashion statement. Seen with a Bib implies you have run a race.
So, Let us find out more about the Bibs and what are they and what do they do than looking great on our chests.
WHAT IS A RACE BIB USED FOR ?
A race Bib is a Name and a Number tag. They identify you as a runner in a racing event. They are unique to the event and the runner. Each runner gets its own unique Racing Bib Number. So, you will not find any two runners having the same numbers printed on their race Bibs.
Racing Bibs, however, do a lot more than just identify you as a unique runner. They are used to mount the tracking chips to track your running performance throughout the course of the run. Those beep sounds while crossing the starting line and the finishing lines are due to the tracking chip.
Race Bibs are also branded to represent the particular race event and the sponsors. So, they are designed very well. I have different varieties of Race bibs from different races and all look neat.
On your Race Day, this is gonna be the most important item that you need to remember to carry and wear!
HOW TO WEAR A RACE BIB
Race Bibs are worn in many different ways by the runners. Some prefer to wear it on their chests. Some on their waists. Some even wear the racing bibs on the backside to avoid any fluttering sound.
But the best way that I have found of all the prevailing ones is wearing it just below the chest right in front.
STEPS TO WEAR A RACE BIB
So, lemme now tell you how you can wear your Race Bib appropriately:
1. Put on your T-Shirt
You need to put on your T-Shirt without the Race Bib.
2. SAFETY PINS
You need 4 Safety Pins to hold the Race Bib firmly on the front of your T-shirt and attach with it.
3. THE FIRST SAFETY PIN
After you put on the T-Shirt, hold the Racing Bib in one hand and pick the first safety pin from another. Now, choose one of the top two corners of the Race Bib to pin.
4. THE SECOND SAFETY PIN
The second safety pin will go to the diagonally opposite corner of the first safety pin that you attached to your Race Bib. Choosing a diagonally opposite corner helps to provide firmness to the Bib on your T-Shirt.
Please make sure that the second safety pin is attached after you have ensured that the racing Bib is looking straight and not tilted. You may ask your running buddy to tell you that!
5. PIN THE REMAINING TWO PINS
Once you have pinned the first two, the remaining two will be easier to pin them. If you are finding it difficult to do it all by yourself, you may seek the help of a running buddy or your cheering party who has come to cheer you at the event.
DO’S AND DONT’S FOR WEARING A RACE BIB
- Keep it firmly paced in front just below the chest.
- Wear it on Race Day. If you forget to wear, you may be not allow to enter into the race.
- Use all the 4 Safety Pins to pin all the corners of the Race Bib.
and Yes! Keep it as a Souvenir for yourself long after the race is over. It will make you smile!
- Don’t crumple it.
- Don’t Press it hard on your chest.
- Don’t Fold it.
- Don’t use the Safety Pins from inside the T-Shirt. It may trouble you while you ran.