How to properly put on a running bib?

Are you running in a race soon and need to know how to pin your running bib properly? Well, you have come to the right place! This blog post will discuss everything you need to put on a running bib. We will discuss the different ways to do it, the best time to put it on, and where to place it. We will also discuss what you should avoid doing with your running bibs. So, whether you are a first-time runner or an experienced racer, this blog post has something for everyone!

The first step in putting on a running bib is determining where to place it. Most runners prefer to wear their bibs on their front, allowing race officials and spectators to see them more easily. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you are running a trail race, wearing the bib on your back is often more comfortable so that it does not interfere with obstacles or trees.

The next step is to pin the bib securely to your clothing. Many runners use safety pins, but several products may make attaching the bib much easier. Regardless of your chosen method, ensure the bib is secured tightly to your clothing and will not fall off during the race.

Finally, check the race regulations regarding where the bib is worn. Typically, it should be visible on the front of your torso. However, some races require to be on the back. Check with your race director to determine where to wear it.

So, you’ve got your race bib – now what? When is the right time to put it on, and where does it get put on?

The general rule of thumb is to put on your bib as soon as possible before the race. It will avoid any last-minute issues or problems with having it attached incorrectly.

Most people use safety pins to pin bibs to their clothing. Safety Pins help keep the bibs in place and prevent them from moving around or falling off during a race.

Be sure to pin it securely so it doesn’t flap in the wind and slow you down. You don’t want it to flap and become a safety hazard for yourself or other runners. Also, ensure that nothing is covering the race bib number – this is important for the race officials to identify you. Finally, placing the running bib on a bright shirt on the front is brilliant. They will see the running number more easily from the bright color and be most noticeable from the front.

First, let’s go through where not to place the bibs.

  1. Bibs should not be placed on your head around your neck or cover your face. It can interfere with breathing and vision, which is not ideal during a race.
  2. It’s also essential to ensure that nothing obscures any part of your race number. Timing chips are usually on the bib’s back, but some races attach them to the race number.
  3. It is best to attach the bibs to your shirt first, then put on the shirt to avoid getting poked by the pin.
  4. It is also wise to place the bib in a location where it won’t cause danger to you if the pin accidentally opens. Therefore, the most intelligent place would be on the stomach or side. A little above or a little below may hurt a little
  5. Pin the bib on securely but not too tight so that it doesn’t constrict your breathing or movement.

Now that we know where the bib shouldn’t be let’s talk about when and where you should put it. When pinning bibs to your shirt, it should be about midway.


Clinch Star race bib with pins
  1. Here are some steps to the most common way of putting on a running bib. 
  2. Lay your shirt out flat and place the bib on top of it, ensuring that the race number is facing up.
  3. Try to get the pins pointing down when pinning the bib to the shirt; you don’t want to risk getting poked in the stomach during the race.
  4. Ensure that if the pins open during the race, they should open away from you. 
  5. Securely pin all around the edge of the bib, making sure not to miss any holes. You’re now ready to go! Remember, practice makes perfect. There should be at least four pins in each corner, securing it.
  6. Be careful not to damage the race bib numbers, as, on most bibs, there will be a punched-out hole to insert the pin through.

If you’re not wearing a shirt and need a place to pin the bib, you can use your shorts, hat, vest, or other clothing if the item doesn’t move around too much and should stay in place. Just make sure that the race number is visible and can be seen by the officials when you are running.

When picking up your race packet, bibs can be worn during the event since it identifies you as an official participant. In addition, there are some key things to keep in mind before and when it comes time to put it on:

Do not fold or wrinkle the bib – this could interfere with the scanning equipment at the finish line.

If you decide not to use safety pins, you need to try them out before the run to ensure that it works well for you. If you don’t test it out beforehand, you may find that the race is not as enjoyable because of it, and it may even slow you down or fall off during the race.

Another factor that is very important to keep in mind is that when you start your run, it may be cold, and you may want to wear a sweatshirt and then during the run, you will become warm because of your running. So, you will be faced with a dilemma as you may want to throw your sweatshirt off, but your running bib is attached!?

Picking your running bib on the front of your shirt or pants is the best answer. Then, you can easily remove the sweatshirt if needed and not have to worry about the running bib when throwing off the sweatshirt during the race. But make sure that the running bib is noticeable when your sweatshirt is still on.