When Is It Okay To Cut The Pre-Race Bathroom Line?

We know you have to go, but is it ever fine to cut the line?


Etiquette expert and runner Lizzie Post knows a thing or two about the rules of the road!

If it’s almost time for the race to start and I really have to go, is it okay to ask to cut in front of non-racers at the portapotties?

You can always ask, but it’s all in how you ask. Pushing through to the front and shouting, “I need to go next, because I’m racing and the gun is about to go off!” is very different from gently approaching the next person in line and saying, “Excuse me, but would it be all right if I went ahead of you, since the race is about to start. I’m worried if I wait in line I’ll miss it.”

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