4 a.m., March 4
My phone gave me a text alert. “I have some news but you have to promise to be positive.”
“I’m running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon tomorrow!”
“Awesome! You’re in for an experience. Isn’t it sold out?”
“Ya but I found someone selling a bib on craigslist.”
“They don’t allow that! You’re gonna get busted.”
“No I’m not. You wanna go with me to the expo? I’m meeting them there.”
So there I went down to the expo to witness the illicit bib exchange. I had a few misgivings. One was the whole bib thing. The other was that my friend hadn’t trained to run a marathon.
My misgivings about the bib were short lived. The exchange was made and nobody got hurt.
I’m not sure why the Rock ‘n’ Roll has this policy. If someone registered six months ago and became injured shouldn’t they be able to sell their bib to someone who can run?
I like Carlsbad’s policy on this one. Runners can transfer their bib to another participant so long as a $20 fee is paid. That sounds like it works out for everyone. The injured runner isn’t out the money, the new participant gets to run in a sold out event and the event makes a little extra cash.
My misgivings about my friend’s lack of training were more legitimate.