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mmacmillan03 Amateur 8 posts since
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Oct 24, 2008 8:50 AM

What's the best way to attach your race number?


Hey everybody -



What's the best way to attach your race number? I can't decide between pinning it to my shirt or wearing a race number belt. I tried the belt on last night  with the number and it seemed like it might be annoying to have the number flapping against my legs. I also wonder whether or not it my number would be obscured for race photos if I wore the belt since I'm only 5'3". What has worked for you? Anyone tried a race belt?



Thanks in advance for your advice!



  • thefirecat Community Moderator 2,779 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    I'm about your height, and I've always just used pins. I think the bib flapping would get annoying and possibly chafe-y in later miles.


    Though being rather short-waisted myself, it's annoying enough to have a bib taking up most of my shirt and crinkling awkwardly, no matter what I do. Seriously. These things were not designed by short people with breasts.

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  • RubyBPG Legend 1,604 posts since
    Jan 19, 2008

    I usually pin it to the bottom half of my singlet.   That seems to work pretty well.  If you're wearing a top over it, just lift it up to show the number when you see the photographer.

  • Yodiwan Pro 123 posts since
    Oct 1, 2007


    I'm also 5' 3" and have raced (including a marathon) with a race belt.  For me, at least, the number was not obscured and it did not flap around.  (The number hits your upper thigh.)  There are a few considerations, though:



    1. Some bibs are smaller / larger than others and if you are wearing a T-shirt or other large shirt, the shirt may hang over your bib.  (I usually race in pretty close-fitting clothes so that wasn't an issue.)



    2. The race belt tends to turn around as you run, no matter how well you adjust it at the start of the race, so you inevitably end up with the bib on your side / back.  (You'd think that maybe it would rotate around completely? But no.)  I've found that the only thing that keeps it in place is turning down the waistband of my shorts / tights over the race belt.



    Also, why do you want to wear a race belt?  Are you planning to toss a shirt along the way?  Generally, unless you're planning a major outfit change (like in a triathlon or you think you'll have to shed a lot of layers) or unless you don't have enough clothing to attach a bib (like in hot weather when you may only have a sports bra and shorts) you probably don't need the belt ...



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  • cplmtz0121 We're Not Worthy 2,455 posts since
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    4. Oct 24, 2008 10:25 AM (in response to Yodiwan)
    Re: What's the best way to attach your race number?

    I've used a race belt before and you can't feel the bib flapping against ur leg.  Only couple of bad things is that you have to make sure it's flat against ur thighs as you approach the photographers or else they won't catch ur number.  And it does turn around your waist, so I have to constantly turn it around to the front.  I only started using the belt because it has a small pouch where I carry my cellphone, a couple of gels and my id and key and stuff and it has the little clip thingies for the bib.

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  • x_39_and_holding_x We're Not Worthy 2,974 posts since
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    5. Oct 24, 2008 1:42 PM (in response to cplmtz0121)
    Re: What's the best way to attach your race number?

    This may sound totally obvious. . .


    But why not pin the race belt to the shorts in one place to keep it from turning?

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  • cplmtz0121 We're Not Worthy 2,455 posts since
    Nov 1, 2007 mean the belt too?  Cause if you just pin the bottom of the bib, then the belt would still turn and then you might either rip ur shorts, ur bib, or both.  Then everybody would see ur goodie bag...LOL

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  • Legend 1,556 posts since
    Jun 5, 2007

    I've got a totally random piece of advice/method that has worked for me in the past.


    I take the race bib and crumble it up into a ball so it gets all wrinkled up and then I flatten it out and attach it. For some reason, this makes it so it doesn't flap in the wind anymore.


    Also, I attach it to my shorts in the case that I change my shirt situation


    Let me know if you try it and if it works for you too!


    Ps. All the best to you guys this weekend!!!

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