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Changes coming for runners

Monday, May 13, 2013

My neighbor is the CEO of an organization called Believe in Tomorrow. They provide hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. A good thing they do.


Annually, and for the last 17 years they have put on the Port to Fort 6k race in Baltimore City. It's a pretty nice race, very family oriented with a really nice party after. I missed it this year because I didn't run the Frederick Half Marathon; I was supposed to, but that was a whole other blog post. (Readers' Digest version: Zzzzzzzz until 0630 for a 0700 start 45 minutes away).

Brian was explaining to me the coming woes for recreational and fund raising road racing. He explained that the fees for the police and paramedics were going up. And since Boston, they want the police presence increased. So not only do the police cost more, you have to have more of them. There were bomb sniffing dogs and snipers out also.

Snipers! For a family race. He thought it was excessive, but if some bad guys want to hit a race, this would be a good one because there is a small after race area with 2000 runners and their families.

Adding to his problems, the city required him to move his time from 8:30 to 8:00. That alone cost him 500 registrants over last year. And next year all races in the City will have to start no later than 7:00. I wonder if that will affect Celtic Solstice in December, because it is entirely in the park, so no streets to tie up, and in December, at winter solstice, 7:00 is barely sunrise.

We talked it over and we both came to the conclusion that there are going to be some real changes to racing in the future. Registration costs are probably going to skyrocket because of added layers of security. Backpacks will probably not be allowed close to the course. Some races will probably go away because they won't be able to make up for added expenses.

It's going to be an interesting year.

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