I’d like to start off my story today with a question. Are we done with the celebration yet? Are we done with the glorification of all those who finished the Boston Marathon a week ago? Because if you aren’t, then I suggest you logoff and go elsewhere quietly because The Laminator cannot stand a subset of those who ran
Over the past week, I, like many fellow runners, were busy reading race reports and sending virtual congratulations to all those who ran
However, there were a couple (count’em 2) of reports that left me scratching my head. These two runners (who shall rename nameless, even if I don’t think they deserve in any way the sanctity of anonymity) ran from the start in Hopkinton to the finish in downtown
Runner’s World had a funny story highlighting the controversial topic of bandit runners in road races today. If you read the comments, you’ll appreciate the arguments for both sides of the issues. For the sake of brevity, I will not repeat them here. Suffice it to say that I consider the practice to be disrespectful to the race directors, the race officials, the city/park where the race is taking place, and to the other runners who registered and paid for the privilege to run in the event. In a historic and symbolic race with qualifications for entry as is the case with the Boston Marathon, bandit runners are a downright travesty.
Bandit runners, please do not let me run into you at next year’s race. But if I do, I am apologizing right now. I really do not know what I will say or do.