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Death Valley Puts Brakes On Running & Cycling Races (Read 209 times)


Not dead. Yet.

    How can we know our limits if we don't test them?


    Needs more cowbell!

      I wonder if this would affect charity events, too.  I was hoping to return to DV for the JDRF Ride to Cure event this year.  The last time I was there they wouldn't let anyone ride up Jubilee Pass due to heat.  We've heard that the new park manager is cracking down on large groups and suspected that a ruling like this would be coming down.  They had to cancel this year's ride due to a section of washed-out road and the govt shut-down.

      I shoot pretty things! ~

      '14 Goals:

      • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


      A Sweetheart

        This may be the end of Badwater (as a race, the individual Badwater crossings have been going on long before the race existed).

         

        They bring a ton of money into a few very, very small communities and have an impeccable safety record, so I don't see where the problem lies.

         

        Something posted to the ultralist that I found to be funny and true:  "There is a certain irony in that badwater's over-the-top hyperbole will probably be used against them."

        I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart


        Needs more cowbell!

          They bring a ton of money into a few very, very small communities and have an impeccable safety record, so I don't see where the problem lies.

           

          The new park sup. appears to be the problem, from what I gather.

          I shoot pretty things! ~

          '14 Goals:

          • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

          • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


          A Sweetheart

             

            The new park manager appears to be the problem, from what I gather.

             

            There is a concern that this will have a domino effect, and other National Parks that allow racing (not all do), will now consider banning organized events for one reason or another. I've been able to race in Crater Lake and Cutohoga Valley National Park and consider it a blessing.

             

            If a race made a negative environmental impact on the park I'd be 100% in favor of yanking it. This does not appear to be the case, though.

            I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart


            just a simple cat

              I wonder if it just a reaction to what happened in Boston?  Maybe they just want to review all of their safety measures.

               

              I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house


              A Sweetheart

                I assumed it was the reaction to Michael Popov's death.

                 

                http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/running/trail-running/Michael-Popovs-Last-Run.html

                I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart


                Needs more cowbell!

                   

                  There is a concern that this will have a domino effect, and other National Parks that allow racing (not all do), will now consider banning organized events for one reason or another. I've been able to race in Crater Lake and Cutohoga Valley National Park and consider it a blessing.

                   

                  If a race made a negative environmental impact on the park I'd be 100% in favor of yanking it. This does not appear to be the case, though.

                   

                  That's a really good point -- this Fall I participated in the newest JDRF ride, on the Natchez Trace…also a NP.

                   

                  These events are all self-contained.  The only issue I've really ever been aware of, at least in terms of the cycling events, is potential for traffic problems.  There were never very many cars during the DV ride I did, nor on the Trace (the Trace was eerily empty, actually).  The Nashville JDRF ride is even being moved further out of the city, since there was a lot of car/bike traffic congestion as riders re-entered the city limits later in the day.

                   

                  Nixing these events really does limit a lot of tourism dollars, as you pointed-out.  AND goodwill for these areas.  It's a lot easier to care about maintaining and protecting DV after having experienced it more intimately than from the confines of a climate-controlled car cabin.

                  I shoot pretty things! ~

                  '14 Goals:

                  • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                  • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


                  Doughboy

                    Their public stance seems to be more about logistical hazards than runners' health hazards.

                     

                    "Chipman said the study wasn't prompted by any accident but by observations of rangers and visitors that an increasing number of endurance contests were jamming the park's narrow two-lane roads with participants, support crews and spectators. That, in turn, was creating traffic hazards for the competitors and others, she said."

                    pcaharrier


                      I wrote about some of the potential legal issues raised by this whole kerfuffle here.  I hope there are some folks here for whom this might be of interest.

                      2014 goals: 2,000 | 52.5 | Marathon PR | Skip the injuries again

                      jimmyb


                        Too bad, Badwater Ultra is one of my favorite races that I like to watch other people run, and will never do. Its safety record should speak for itself. Not too many deaths, if any.

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