Re: Re: If you’re going to Grandma’s, leave your iPod at home

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r-at-work
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aahhh, were it that easy… while we're at it can we have people line up in the proper area for their intended pace…

okay, seriously… the MCM and the Army 10 miler might be able to 'draft' enough help to actually pull people off the course… I can see it now… you'd need two or three 'stations' where the flow of the race could be spilt “head phone wearers to the right please”… and then those people could be put on a bus, chips & bibs removed and taken directly to the family meet-up area… if anyone complained I'm sure an electronic copy of the release the participant signed could be produced… headphone = DQ

I've seen major accidents (with a wheel chair racer & a woman with headphones) and been in a few water stop fiascos with headphone wearers… and I REALLY hate the line “I keep it low enough to hear what's going on around me”… aaah, nope… maybe they can come up with a NEW division… I can see it now “headphone users will start 30 minutes after all other runners”… along with the people who want to walk holding hands, three abreast…

I'm not fast and I would never think of lining up in the front… but unlike Jim Hage I am not sure we can count on people to self-police… some people think the rules just do not apply to them… some don't know the rules (even in the marathon as more people join '16 weeks from couch to a marathon' groups who SHOULD educate them and might not)… one year I tried one of those groups and the leaders DID say it every week for 16 weeks (“Don't block the trail”, “no more than 2 abreast”) and STILL there would be at least one incident each week…

sorry for the rant… one of my pet peeves…
-Rita