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“The music gets my mind off running long distances,” said Hartwig, 24, of Hyde Park.
“Really, they’re not allowed?” Hartwig’s friend Elizabeth Yoke asked last Saturday before a training run, a look of anxiety suddenly transforming her face. “I don’t think I’ll be able to run without my iPod.”
So take up another sport. If you dislike running so much that you need an iPod to distract you to such a degree that you forget you're running, then why are you running in the first place?
“So it would be a failure of my leadership if we don’t address this in the next month or two because right now it’s a rule that’s just not working. Still, it’s a safety issue because if you have headphones in, you can’t hear directions from a course monitor if there’s an emergency.”
Out of all the things in the article, the last sentence from that quote is the key. No matter what anyone says, it is a safety issue. I've seen it with my own two eyes (and heard it with my own two ears). Plugged in people, no matter how much they insist they can hear everything around them, do not hear instructions from race officials or warnings from other runners. They are a hazard on the course. No matter what these people say, their actions speak volumes and those actions make it clear that this is a safety issue.