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Running Events - Sportsmanship?

Deborajen2010-05-01 07:06:44 +0000 #1
My coworkers are putting together a team for this year's Race for the Cure which is in a few weeks. I did that event a couple of times but haven't done it for several years.

At that event here, a lot of early finishers go back along the course and walk back towards the start line. They're usually walking in the grass, beside the road where the runners are, and they have their bibs on and are drinking their Evian - it's obvious they've finished. They don't cheer for the remaining runners or say "you're doing great!" and there are lots of them.

Is this a common thing? I've never seen this at the 10K's or half mary events. Very few (if any) participants walk back towards the start line, and the ones who do cheer on the runners who are still on the course. Isn't it bad sportsmanship to - well, kind of - "showboat?" Or maybe a better way to put it - Isn't it good sportsmanship to show respect for your competitors'/other participants' efforts?
kacie tri-ing2010-05-01 07:10:50 +0000 #2
I've seen it both ways. It is certainly better to cheer for the runners, but they could be spent/exhausted, so I try not to take offense if they don't cheer for me.
Deborajen2010-05-01 07:12:29 +0000 #3
I re-read my post - It didn't make much sense.

(Sorry!)

It's not so much that people aren't cheering. What gets me is that the event is on mostly closed neighborhood streets and the only people allowed on and along the streets are the participants and volunteers - no spectators (except, of course, the people who live in the neighborhood can be in their own front yards

). However, people who have finished the race, instead of hanging out around the finish line or in the big parking lot at the finish line, walk up in the yards against the flow of running traffic back towards the start line. I think it's actually against the race rules to walk or run in grass along the street - it's mostly private property. And it seems like if spectators aren't allowed there, participants who have finished the race shouldn't be there, either. It seems disrespectful to both the residents of the neighborhood and also to the participants who haven't completed the event.
bmccasland2010-05-01 07:35:34 +0000 #4
Seems like the race organizers should be riding herd on the early finishers. What are they supposed to do after they finish? If it was me, I'd want to get back to my car, or at least somewhere to get cleaned up and into clean clothes. If walking is the only way to get to their cars after the race, then why begrudge them walking back?

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