Re: Re: Houston Marathon goes to lottery entry, not met with unanimous approval.

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Andrew A.
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I would say it is simply elucidating, with little further value judgment.  It is no secret that I am just not a fan of megaraces, though what they become when they go from being small, local races to being megaraces is as predictable as what happens when a small business hits big and grows astronomically into a corporation.  There are more races than ever and the vast majority of those are thriving more than ever so it should be easy enough to avoid megaraces and still find quality competition nearby. 

A local marathon has become a RnR (or (non)”Competitor” or whatever) event, yet I never had much of an interest to run it previously — the take-over just means that I am even less likely to ever consider it.  The main drawback is that the same outfit (or venture capital firm or whatever) purchased a half-marathon that was held in the spring and killed it, so there is one less stand-alone half-marathon around.  Meanwhile, they do have a half-marathon on the same (fall) date as the marathon.  This means that to run the half-marathon owned by them one will have to deal with all the traffic associated with a half-marathon as well as that of a marathon, especially one with an entrant glut like any other RnR event.  More efficient from a business standpoint to use one course on one day, yet a major hassle for participants.  Either way, though, I can still find good spring and fall half-marathons that I would prefer to run.  To me, the challenge of hunting down a good small or medium-sized race is part of the fun, finding something that flies under the radar of people who only know about races that advertise with RW and its ilk.