22 February 2012

There's a Need for Guerrilla Race

Today, Runnersworld.com reported that the Salt Lake City Marathon could be cancelled.  However, as the headline suggests, runners are thinking about staging a Guerrilla Marathon and running the race, even if it’s not officially held.  What can I say?  I’m on board.  In fact, if I could afford the travel expenses, I’d line up with them.

Fortunately, for those runners who paid their entry fee and trained for the event, Runnersworld.com reported later in the day that the race would be held, maybe.

A few thoughts on this.

Bravo to Rob Lee, a runner quoted in an article about the possible guerrilla race, for saying, “We just want to run.  We don’t need to be entertained.”  That’s the spirit any guerrilla racer should have.  You run because it’s the run that counts, and you run with others because others can help you perform your best.  Bands, aide stations, medals, t-shirts, food, all these things are ancillary (even unnecessary) to the run.

Until the race will be held for sure, Active.com should post a warning on its website explaining the situation to people who register for the marathon.  It is unconscionable to accept money for a race that might not happen, especially when you have a no-refunds policy.  (I tried to verify Runnersworld.com’s report that Active.com does not offer refunds, but Active.com wouldn’t allow me to search anything but their Dutch site.  I don’t read Dutch.)

Lee has an email address that he created to help organize runners who will run even if the race is cancelled (letsrunanyway@gmail.com).  As well, runners who have registered for the race have been using the marathon’s Facebook page to discuss organizing their own race.  Wouldn’t it be nice if their were one website that specialized in helping endurance athletes meet up for an event that these people could use to organize their guerrilla race?

With social media, inexpensive GPSs, all sorts of hydration packs and fuel belts, and even online vendors of race numbers, runners (and triathletes, cyclists, or any other endurance athletes) don’t need most of the stuff races provide and charge for.  With the means to organize, endurance athletes could put on their own races for a fraction of the cost of today’s official events and avoid the loss of money that can occur with an unforeseen sickness, injury, or race cancellation.

I hope in the future to provide a website that is different from most of the social media websites.  I want to create a site that helps bring people together, not keep them content with an online interaction.  More specifically, I’d like to create a site that understands the needs of endurance athletes and helps bring those athletes together for training and racing.

2 comments:

  1. "I hope in the future to provide a website that is different from most of the social media websites.  I want to create a site that helps bring people together, not keep them content with an online interaction." ...and I'd like to help you!

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  2. Thanks, RTA. I just may take you up on that offer.

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