As a runner, I feel ashamed when I read stories like this one – Thanksgiving Day Race organizer: I can’t sleep. This poor organizer had to deal with behavior from runners that is absolutely reprehensible.
It is common for there to be snacks or treats after a race for racers to consume to replenish energy spent. It can be anything from bananas to protein bars to beer (although I can’t drink beer myself after a race in the daytime). This helps fill emptied stores and add to the social element of all the runners finishing – kind of a party.
Well, in Cincinnati, at the Thanksgiving race, participants turned things upside down. It’s almost like Black Friday greed took ahold of them early and they decided that they were entitled to something for nothing. There was a vendor who provided post race snacks – Pure Protein who handed out small boxes of treats. Many runners apparently couldn’t stop with just one… Or two… Or several… They were so disgusting about it that they actually dumpster-dived to hoard as many snacks as they could.
These individuals couldn’t care less it appears about any runners who came behind them, or even for the homeless who would get the leftovers in previous years. This is truly a bleak day for the sport.
I think of running as a sport of good competition and fellowship. I have seen some of the most generous people imaginable sharing courses whenever I have run. That has made me very proud to be among their ranks.
Incidents like this one however, make me sad. Perhaps I am not jaded enough. I considered running to be a safe-haven from the cynicism and greed plaguing the world around us. Now, I fear that it is seeping in. I only hope this is an aberration and doesn’t repeat itself.