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I mean I feel for the back of the pack 'walkers' but at the same time I don't... Come on, people, do some shorter distances, work yourself up to longer races when you are in better shape... You signed up for a running event, not a walking event. There is just way too many first time marathoners who never run anything over 5K distance in their lives but feel like they have to sign up for their, in their own words, first 'thon, for whatever reason... It's crazy!!! I do applaud the determination, just freaking progress through distances, train and get in shape first!!! It's safer, and better for your health, that way...

Or, maybe we need to do it like in Europe, where lots of races have these Nordic Walking events tacked onto marathons, pretty much power walking with sticks. Kinda ridiculous on flat paved surfaces but it seems to be popular with older folks. (I see their place though in hilly trail races.)

Not surprised by the tone of the article. What would you expect from the FB, IG, and all of the other social media, 'self-entitlement' generation... smh

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