Why worry about what other people's experience is in what is uniquely their race?
If someone doesn't want help? They will likely say no.
The problem is that, unfortunately, we have a lot of former Div. I, II, and III runners who had aspirations but also expect that if you were not a college runner that you are not much.
Or, if you are not near their times, you are still not much.
This is not to say that all college runners are now frustrated in the present, but that many who are posting are.
I want to race just as much as anyone else, sure, and this June, I will be trying for my first BQ attempt.
Guaranteed, if I see a runner take a spill on the course or need help in front of me, I will assist them--no not carry them, but assist them--until help shows up, even if it means no BQ.
The pearly gates do not need a time.
weeping willow wrote:
Stoppit Smith wrote:
4. It allows them to finish anyway.
Time is not everything
this is a RACE. time is an important factor. if you don't think so, go for a jog on the bike path!! why cheapen the experience of other runners in a race by celebrating those who don't care about time? it cheapens the sport and detracts of the general interest in elite events....