Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Thoughts

[caption id="attachment_6021" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Quite Possibly My Swan Song In The RnR Series"]rockandrollmarathon_sandiego_running[/caption] Rock And Roll Marathon Series - well, yes I did it again. I ran another Rock and Roll Event.. and I truly believe it will be my last. I am thankful for these large events as they motivate people to get out and run – but in my honest opinion they have gotten way too crowded and chaotic and here are my pet peeves:
  • Lining up at the front of the race in the lower numbered corrals and then running slow.
  • Abruptly stopping during a race. Move to the side first – I crashed into 2 people who stopped..
  • Photo ops. I saw several people taking self-portraits while running, or taking pictures of others. Please refer to above and move to side – OFF the course.  This is a running event, right?
  • If you must spit or blow your nose please check around you – I dodged a few snot rockets. EWWWW
  • Rest stops – at least try to throw your cup off the road or in the bin and not on the runners behind you, and yes this might be a good time to get rid of your gu rather than discarding where ever you feel like it -  do you actually think someone drives the whole course after to pick up all the little packets you discard?
  • Being aware of your surroundings. Yes – there are others running this race, and they might pass you so pay attention and be courteous and don’t bottleneck the course.
  • Stopping IMMEDIATELY after the finish line. In Vegas I could barely cross the finish line.  I was able to cross in San Diego but came to a stop right after…  Keep moving people or seek medical attention if you cant.
  • Don’t cheat races. When I was waiting for my family to finish the race – I saw more than one person with TWO timing chips on. Really?  Also saw another take a short cut prior to the 11 mile mark – can you really live with yourself knowing you PR’ed by cheating?
  • Thank the volunteers. We get to do the fun stuff – they are the ones that make it happen.
Ok – enough griping. The race weather was perfect and I PR’ed (barely) at 1.51.09  putting me in the top ten percent out of over 17,000 people – so overall it was a great day spent with my family in San Diego.

How Do You Feel About Rock and Roll Events?

Are You A Fan Or Larger Or Smaller Events?

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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