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Are There Rules To Wearing Race Shirts?

If you've ever wondered if there is a protocol on wearing finisher's shirts.

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Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too!

Q: Is it cool to wear a finisher’s shirt for a race I didn’t run?

A: I don’t know if I’d call it “cool.” The real question is do you look good in it? Just kidding. I think it’s okay. Maybe it will inspire you to run the race next year! I’ve known plenty of couples that share these kinds of T-shirts for simple errands, and I don’t think anyone really takes notice of what the shirt represents. I’m sure it’s fine for you to wear it—just remember not to take credit if anyone asks about the race.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email editorial@womensrunning.com or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.

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