If You Bulk It, They Will Come wrote:
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.
The whole point of the article was to say that course amenities are not avail able to runners who are still finishing WITHIN the time cutoffs. As a race, if you don't want to have volunteers out for that long, then have a shorter time cutoff. I'm following the rules just as much as Kipchoge is following the rules. In fact, many times I'm at a disadvantage, as it is 30-45 minutes AFTER the clock starts ticking that I am able to start. Staff the course appropriately, stock the aid stations, or shorten the time cutoff.