Race Bandits (Read 1312 times)


day after day sameness

    Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

      The picture didn't load at first, but I knew it was a comet.

      Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.


      A Saucy Wench

        Bandit #2 - well....not a problem if it is accidental.  We have a fair number of poorly advertised events out here and I have accidentally run in parts of 2 of them.  And I have run in 3 bike events which I really really do not like doing because cyclists will mow you down.

         

        Bandit #3 - ,mmmm...I dunno if I always consider that cheating. (i.e. its not always to pace a specific time)  But I dont see a place for it in anything shorter than at least a HM.  And they shouldnt use resources.  But I honestly dont have a problem with the "running the last 5 miles of a friends first marathon" kind of support bandit. 

         

        But I present Bandit #6  -"I only pay for races in which I expect to place" - of which I know 3 personally  - a married couple and a friend of theirs they introduced to running and therefore passed on this extremely asinine banditing as "normal".  .  I've run several bibless races with them. They take the aid stations, they go through the finish chute, they take medals, they eat the post race food. I've even seen them grab a t-shirt if the race organizers arent meticulous with packet pickup organization.  Assholes through and through. 

         

        Bandit #7 - banditing part of PDX marathon because the race director is a complete asshole who has ruined a really good marathon.  - I think that deserves its own medal and perhaps an underground event to organize it.  Occupy Portland. 

        I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

         

        "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7

        xor


          HOORAY FOR BANDIT #7!

           

            HOORAY FOR BANDIT #7!

             

            Bazinga likes #7 also


            A Saucy Wench

              We could make t-shirts that say "BANNED FOR LIFE!"

              I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

               

              "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7


              day after day sameness

                The picture didn't load at first, but I knew it was a comet.

                 

                And educational at the same time. We all have to be constant learners to compete with China, ya know.

                Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

                xor


                  And educational at the same time. We all have to be constant learners to compete with China, ya know.

                   

                  We keep hearing that argument every few years.

                   

                    Banditing by Peter Sagal of "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" fame----many reactions follow in the comments

                     

                    http://challengeblog.runnersworld.com/2011/10/peter-sagal-the-power-of-racing-the-joy-of-running.html


                    just a simple cat

                      As with many questions on message boards, this is stated as a yes/no either/or.

                       

                      My answer: it depends.

                       

                      That is all.

                       He should use depends rather than the porta-john or the woods?

                       

                      Running is stupid

                      EliBuford


                        If you walk out of a store with an item you didn't pay for, even if it is overpriced...

                         But after the race, what is the bandit leaving with? Nothing more than extra miles under his belt.

                        xor


                           But after the race, what is the bandit leaving with? Nothing more than extra miles under his belt.

                           

                          ...which could have been run 1,000 other places.  Why THAT specific place?

                           

                          JimR


                             But after the race, what is the bandit leaving with?

                             

                             

                            A year's supply of Rice-a-Roni™, The San-Francisco Treat!

                            

                               But after the race, what is the bandit leaving with? Nothing more than extra miles under his belt.

                               

                              Look up "theft of services."

                              Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.


                              HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                                Bandit #1)  Just running to get a workout - Uses water stops etc - Hey its easier than carrying the stuff  =  Theif

                                Bandit #2)  Just running to get a workout - Will not use anything from race, but the course = Annoying - Can't you do your workout not in my way

                                Bandit#3)  Just want to run some of the race with a friend = cheating - Everywhere on the race course there are people doing their best - they may not be genetically gifted, but are trying to beat the person in front of them - Having a bandit help them to a time - just sucks.

                                Bandit #4)  Little kids that run last 1/4 mile of Marathon with Mom or Dad = Cute - as long as they are not impeding

                                Bandit #5)  Thinks he/she is running the race but does not want to spend the money = "If you ain't got no money - take your broke ass home!"

                                 

                                Hm. Under #3 above, you seem to be saying that anyone using a pacer is cheating, and the pacer is banditing. Do you believe that about ultras as well?

                                It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.