Rosie gave me a tiny Turtle charm after the Shamrock 15k. It is adorable, and I'm pretty sure it is magic. I've decided that I'm going to carry it in my races from now on. It will remind me that no matter what happens during my race, I belong to a group of awesome people, The Ohio Runners Network. Runners are the most supportive community in the world. Don't believe me? Check out the running blogs that popped up after the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Whether it consists of chanting, dancing at the starting line, or fist-bumping, a tradition of support is a great thing to establish.
What is your tradition around races?