Believe it or not there's a list of more things I want to complain about, but I don't want to seem like I'm complaining to complain or trying to bash the race group. I think the things I've said are serious lapses on the part of race management.
Here's a quick run down of my last gripes: Race website advertised tech tee and it's definitely not, the course measured short by 0.3 miles, the half marathon runners had to fight through 5k and 12k walkers, and finally the half course crossed in front of the other runners at each turnaround. No cones to divide the street or volunteer support. Finally, the awards ceremony was 45+ minutes late and nobody could tell us when it would start. Kelsey won her age group but never got her "live plant" award.
I'm perplexed by what went on today. You organized the Windermere 5k that I ran a mere 7 days ago and it was organizationally flawless. What happened? I understand that things happen race day (boy do I understand) but I think a sincere apology needs to be issued to your half marathon runners. Race expectations were not met and you need to own your mistakes.
Again, I feel bad complaining. I feel really, really bad because I know how much work goes into race planning.
However I do feel these things need to be heard by the race so they have a chance to improve next year. I would run this race again if Sommer Sports works to make changes. The race did some things right. Packet pick-up was easy, they had great communication via Facebook, the race fees were reasonable ($60), and the medal was nice.
Have you ever run a race that you felt was not run by the race organization? What's the wackiest thing you've seen?
Out of this list what would've been most frustrating to you?
Love and 30 minutes later,
Carissa & Kyle