When did the running community I love become so negative? When did we all become perfect? Can we extend a little compassion to race directors when things don't go as planned?maybe you didn't get a hot dog at the end, maybe they had apples not bananas, maybe you wanted coffee or medals instead of ribbons. Putting on a solid race is hard work.
Take for example this past weekend. A grieving family put on a lovely little 5k in honor of their son. The company that was supposed to assist them and guide them- bailed. Non-runners, they sought guidance where they could- and it was a GREAT event! (Despite how terribly the organizers and some participants were treated by the timing company). And the complaints have been few- but those complaining don't seem to have their facts straight, are putting a negative spin on an amazing MEMORIALrun. The 1st annual. The one where you learn and make changes.
I cannot believe we as a community can't do a bit better and embrace those who are offering a new race rather than complaining.
Agreed. We are registered in a newer race tomorrow that had a rocky start its first year. Registration the second year was disappointing. I hope people come back to it this time around, it's a great cause (homeless female veterans).
you raise an interesting issue with the timing company. Sometimes a race is run by an external timing and management company and the runners don't realize it until they show up. Making an effort to avoid a company is thwarted when the race promoter makes no mention of this on the flier. We get in a situation where the timing company is running the whole event for the most part, sometimes a good thing sometimes not so good.
Just let me say that I can feel for people trying to start a new race even as a runner you often do not fully understand what goes into it. We also are starting a race in memory of our son later this month, and even as long time runners we would have not fully understood what to do if not for a vary understanding person from our timing company pointing out some spots that we had missed. Still crossing that our race goes off without to much trouble.
Approximately ten years ago I went through identity theft, I am not going to risk going through it again. If Mckardlekicks wants me to participate; they can make paper entry forms available. Why should I show up to be told I am not welcome to run; but I am welcome to stay and spend my money.