I will be cheering on a family member at an Ironman race later this year and as an amateur runner myself, I think it would be fun to run a few miles with him and cheer him on. I would not take anything from aid stations or run through the finish. Is it against race regulations for a spectator to be on the course in that manner? Is it bad form even if legal?
(Running with an athlete like this may be confused with pacing?)
From: IRONMAN competition rules:
Section 6.03 FINISH LINE CONDUCT Friends, family members, and/or other spectators are not permitted to cross the finish line or enter the finish chute with participating athletes. (Please note: IRONMAN desires for each athlete to be able to celebrate his/her accomplishment without risking the safety of other Event participants, volunteers, and/or spectators). Athletes who choose not to respect the foregoing finish line policy will be disqualified.
But I could run part of the course with him?