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If one acknowledges a need for music to run (and even race/run well) then it is safe to say that such an individual does not really like running, that the music is being used to cover-up or distract from some intrinsic aspect of the task itself. Logic would dictate that one who does not need music to run does truly enjoy running and thus would not have a desire to cheapen the experience with distraction and likely would not bother with superfluous stuff to carry while running.
At first, I intended to disagree with you wholeheartedly. The use of the words NEED and WELL changed my mind, however. If some one NEEDS music to run, perhaps they should find another cardiovascular activity which they find more stimulating. If someone cannot run WELL without music, might I suggest that they show up for the event better prepared. I don't think it can be denied that there is a motivating element derived from music and some people may in fact run better while listening to it. I have no problem with anyone who sports the headphones to get through a workout on a day where they just aren't feeling it. (Ryan would probably say that is your body telling you to take a day off) But, to hear people at the start line of a marathon say, 'Are you kidding? I couldn't get through this without my Ipod.' I have to wonder why they are there in the first place.
This is all a moot point because of the rules of most races. No headphones. I'll abide whether I like music while running or not. How did it get to this point, though? I did not enter many races during the explosion of portable digital music. I assume that there were several incidents and the 'only' course of action was to ban the root cause. I have never been a fan of this sort of knee-jerk reaction. Ban the music because some people can't run with headphones. That is not fair to all the others who can run responsibly with music. Many of us have pointed out incidents where someone drops an Ipod at the start and gets trampled or causes someone else to fall. I have never seen anyone post anything about the majority of other runners who don't cause any problems. So is it the music or the person? With the increased popularity of running, I think there are more people running races that know nothing about the etiquette of a road race (mainly referring to starting according to ability and the use of headphones). I would guess that there are far less problems with Ipods in the back of the pack because things don't happen as quickly. For that reason, I could be convinced to support an Ipod corral at the very back of the starting area. That would put the impetus on the user to navigate traffic responsibly, or just choose not to use at all because of the immediate disadvantage. Or just stick with the status quo, except enforce it.