Any RA'ers affected? "Las Vegas marathon runners say they were sickened" (Read 1783 times)


A Saucy Wench

    That routing thing is just one of many things they changed from last year that made this year's race a clusterfuck.  Last year both races started together and slower runners could actually get to their appropriate corrals from the get-go...because there were 16k fewer people to navigate.  The full marathon folks were diverted to the 2nd half of their race right before the HM runners headed to the finish.  That seemed to work well.  Not sure why RnR messed with a good thing. Confused

     That has to do with the late start.  They had to do the extra country miles before it got dark so they had to reverse the marathon course.  Leading to the clusterfuck.  They should have started everyone together in appropriate corrals, but then the halfers - the bread and butter of the event - wouldnt have the nighttime vegas run.  All in all, stupid.

    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


    Needs more cowbell!

       That has to do with the late start.  They had to do the extra country miles before it got dark so they had to reverse the marathon course.  Leading to the clusterfuck.  They should have started everyone together in appropriate corrals, but then the halfers - the bread and butter of the event - wouldnt have the nighttime vegas run.  All in all, stupid.

       

      Ok, that's kind of what I was thinking must have been the rationale.  Perhaps they need to forget running the race at night.  It's a cool idea in theory, but in practice has proved to be really impractical--especially since Competitor has said that they want to let even more people run it next year. Roll eyes

      I shoot pretty things! ~

      '14 Goals:

      • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

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


      A Saucy Wench

        Or just make it a half and be done with it.  RnR is starting in Portland next year  (no, I will NOT be participating ) and they are only doing a HM.

        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


        Needs more cowbell!

          Or just make it a half and be done with it.  RnR is starting in Portland next year  (no, I will NOT be participating ) and they are only doing a HM.

           

          Yeah.  Given that the vast majority of entrants only do the half...they wouldn't likely lose any $$ over eliminating the full.  It would cost less in terms of medical and police personnel on the course.

          I shoot pretty things! ~

          '14 Goals:

          • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

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


          Will Crew for Beer

            2014 Goal: Run Monkey as my first marathon. Brilliant!


            Needs more cowbell!

              I shoot pretty things! ~

              '14 Goals:

              • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

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

                I haven't gone back to read all the post but did any one happen to catch that RnR Vegas was to benefit the Crohns and Colitis foundation?

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                Will Crew for Beer

                  Diarrhea diarrhea...

                  I like how they include the lyrics so you can sing along. Wink

                  2014 Goal: Run Monkey as my first marathon. Brilliant!


                  A Dance with Monkeys

                    When you're playing with a monkey...

                    xor


                      I'm thinking of adding diarrhea to Monkey 2012.

                       

                      I already show up every year.

                       

                      xor


                        Speaking of the CEO making the huge PR gaff of "cheating" (legal disclaimer: cheating in quotes because I am not claiming that he knowingly cheated, though I am claiming that he knowingly cut the course and then took a medal, an age group award, and publicly claimed in an internet radio show that he ran the event) in his own event...  And speaking of this stuff being more an "event" than a "race".

                         

                        A person purporting to be the president of competitor (a different position than the CEO, ahhhh) showed up in the Runners World message groups to defend his boss.  His two posts, when considered next to what the CEO seems to have done during and after, are quite illuminating as to the thought process of the company's leadership.

                         

                        http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/training/marathon-race-training/ceo-of-competitor-group-cheater

                         


                        A Saucy Wench

                          I haven't gone back to read all the post but did any one happen to catch that RnR Vegas was to benefit the Crohns and Colitis foundation?

                           I forgot that.   Nice. So it wasnt a disaster it was allowing the participants to truly feel sympathy for the people that $0.01 of their entry fee went to benefit.

                          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


                          Needs more cowbell!

                             I forgot that.   Nice. So it wasnt a disaster it was allowing the participants to truly feel sympathy for the people that $0.01 of their entry fee went to benefit.

                             

                            My BIL-to-be has Chron's and would get a kick out of that. Tongue

                            I shoot pretty things! ~

                            '14 Goals:

                            • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

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

                               

                              http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/training/marathon-race-training/ceo-of-competitor-group-cheater

                               

                              Awesome read. Thanks for the link.

                               

                              RnR (Competitor Group) is pretty large advertiser in Runners World...I'm wondering if that thread will hang around for very long.

                               

                              Ennay Big grin

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                              xor


                                Yeah, competitor's meaning of "...to benefit" may not be the standard person's definition.