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RE: An open letter to race directors from the back of the pack!
It is a fair point that races should not be running out of water or medals. That is definitely on the RD. Everyone who pays should get what they are promised.
On the other hand, there is a limit to what some events can do to cater to participants who are moving at a pace that is not even as fast as a brisk walk. At my home town marathon, there was a big dust up over walkers who were starting early and interfering with the runners once the races started. The city enforced a 7 hour limit on how long the course could keep traffic closed. This meant that anyone taking more than 6.5 hours to complete the marathon would have to take to the sidewalk to finish. The walkers needed 7-8 hours and threw a fit when the marathon cracked down on early starters. But there was a solution. Someone started a marathon with a 9 hour max for all the walkers. There are races out there that are walker friendly. It is not fair to expect special accommodations at running events when their are published time limits. Those limits are almost always due to the local municipality requiring roads to reopen.
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