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If You Bulk It, They Will Come
RE: An open letter to race directors from the back of the pack!
Can understand to a degree, but author didn't win me over with the tone. Any realization of the labor and costs needed to provide a full, safe experience for every last participant?

Before criticizing, author should give up 4-9 hours of a weekend day, arriving on or before 6:30 a.m. to volunteer for a half-marathon or marathon that remains open for 6+ hour finishers. It's a lot to ask of people.

Should we also demand earlier (faster-- there, I said it) finishers stick around to provide a festive finish for stragglers?

The race scene has, IMO, improved over time for the slower finishers*, but people have to realize what it entails to put on a long-distance running race.

* I remember a point of contention-- among our state's running association-- when a regional marathon, c. early 2000s, should keep the course open to 5.5 hr (from 5); those pointing out the downsides were condemned as elitists.

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