Warning I may be a little cranky writing this:)
Now you know I love me a good race. I often sign up for a race in the wee hours of the night so as to not miss out. I love getting up early on race morning which coming from a non-morning person says a lot. I appreciate the security check points. I LOVE the goodies on bib pick up day. Then at most races, I don’t even listen to music because I just love the sounds of the race – music on the course, spectators, other runners, and even just the sound of all the feet hitting the ground over and over again. All that being said, there are some things that I find frustrating about races.
- Cost of the Photo’s – I’ve talked about this before. Yes, I understand that there is cost involved with hiring professional photographers, equipment, and such. That being said, there no bigger rip off than the cost of race photos and this is from someone who has bought them on more than one occasion. All that being said, you can’t tell me that it needs to cost $80 per person. As I said before, if they were half the cost, I bet they would sell more than twice as many.
- Don’t just stop – People who stop right after they cross the finish line or on the course like you aren’t right behind them.
- Deferrals – I get that the race needs time for bibs, knowing number of runners, and all that goes with putting on an event especially a big event. Here is what I don’t get. You can pretty much register for an event up to a week before the race, but if you plan to defer it must be done a month or more in advance. I’m dealing with this now (more later). I have an event that I was supposed to run that is still allowing people to register, but if I had wanted to defer I would have had to done it last month. Now I’m faced with loosing a decent amount of money because I can’t run it due to my feet. I emailed them even stating that I could provide medical documentations if necessary and they were like “no exceptions” and they do not allow bib transfers. I find this to be VERY frustrating to say the least. I’m still following up, but it doesn’t seem promising.
- Distance/terrain – Courses that are either too long, too short, or terrain isn’t what advertised.. Come on you know what distance your advertising, so plot it out correctly. There is nothing worse when doing a trail race than finding out your running on the sidewalk in the park for a good portion of event or running too far. I’ve also had the course shortened and I felt just as annoyed because it messed up my times.
Now all that being said, I’m still going to keep doing races. The good does out weigh the bad.
What are your pet peeves about Races?