SO..... Yesterday the New York City Marathon made the announcement that there would be no gear/bag check at the race taking place now in t-minus 71 days. The news was not well received by the runners and rightly so. If you haven't run NYC Marathon here is a little background. You get bused out to Staten Island at some ungodly hour and bide your time for up to 6 hours before the race actually starts. Do the math. Rather than hash out the obvious outrage the majority of runners had (myself included) here are 7 ways to make runners [at races] happy. Enjoy the humor and sarcasm ;) #1) Don't take away the givens.
This should include but not limited to porta potties, bag/gear check, water & aid stations, race finisher medals, timing chip. (Unless of course you are running an ultramarathon, the porta potty is a tree in the deep, dark forest with bears.)
#2) Make the course flat.
Because no one likes hills! Hills make people complain!
#3) Control the weather.
Not too hot, cold* and for sure no hint of precipitation. If a monsoon does happen all runners will be granted a personal best. Snow is an automatic reason to stay in bed.
*to each persons personal definition of cold
#4) PRA (Personal Runner Assistant).
Every race registration includes a personal assistant to tend to the runners every wish (cheer/cry/feed/prep ice bath/drag home).
#5) Include Twitter name on race bib.
Everyone wants their 5 minutes of fame, right?
#6) (Adult) beverage options.
Because some runners just want something other than H2O (although we beg to differ).
#7) Give them cupcakes.
Cupcakes always makes people happy. Always.
What would you add to the list (humor aside)? Share below!
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