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RE: An open letter to race directors from the back of the pack!

MeHereYouWhere?! wrote:

Confuzzled wrote:

If a race is advertised to be open for a certain amount of time and you are under the pace needed to complete the course in said time, then I totally agree with the point being made. I would assume that a back of the pack runner would expect to have the same amenities as everyone else. If they are behind cutoff pace then I would expect that those amenities would be removed if they are allowed to stay on the course.

I agree 100%. From what I read of the article, she(?) was ahead of the pace (barely) and they were already breaking down the race course. That, to me, is unacceptable and the sign of a bad RD.


However the article is pitiful. This person has no self esteem/confidence. They feel the need get confirmation from others instead of facing reality.

The finishers medal section is just sad, quotes below

"running a race is the hardest physical thing that we have ever done in our lives. We trained months for race day."

"As a fat athlete, I am constantly disappointed. Stores don’t have my sizes, I get weird looks when I run, I’m categorized as lazy, and when I finally push myself out of my comfort zone, I’m still told that I’m not good enough."

"It’s a badge of accomplishment to show and prove to ourselves that we went to war with the road and we conquered in spite of everything that we went through on that day. It’s what we have to show for beating the odds.

When you don’t have our medal, what could have been a joyous moment, a buoyant moment that propels us further into a passion for fitness and health, becomes yet another disappointment in a history of disappointments that each and every fat person goes through over the course of their lives."

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