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Oct 4, 2002 9:43 AM
Oct 4, 2002 9:59 AM
Same thing's true with running. Serious runners are now crowded out of what now are all charity-sponsored marathons (not to mention the potties) by those who want to be able to boast to their co-workers and friends that they "did" a marathon--usually in 5+ hours, or not much faster than a walking pace. How selfish for a serious runner to want to show up and just race.
The Truth.Juanmoretime
Oct 4, 2002 10:23 AM
I've had the opportunity to be a Race Director of a Charity race(Running). These people have no consideration of the athlete and their needs. They just look to sports for a new avenue of getting contributions and could care less about why the people are participating. They think it's because of the Charity when in reality they are participating because of the event. Hopefully not all Charities are like this, although my conversations with other race directors would lead me to think otherwise.
More Truth?Straightblock
Oct 4, 2002 10:36 AM
One of my riding buddies went to an organizational meeting for Team in Training, the group that trains people for their first marathon, century, triathlon or other sports event while raising money for leukemia research. While I'm sure there are plenty of sincere people involved, my buddy said it came across as a big social group that was part singles meatmarket & part business networking. He said if he were single he would have gladly fronted the whole contribution out of his own pocket just to meet the women!
You just did more for T-in-T than any ad they could buy.brider
Oct 4, 2002 12:42 PM
I can just see the mad rush of men to join T-in-T now. "Where are the women?"
More Truth?CFBlue
Oct 4, 2002 1:52 PM
There was a lot of TnT at the Ride around Lake Tahoe this past June, the America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride. I found them to be some of the most hazardous, inexperienced riders to be around, and soon made a point of staying very clear of anyone with the TnT jersey. No road sense, no idea of group riding, and worst of all, their 'support team cars' that drove on ahead, right through the peleton, parked and cheered as all the riders passed, and when their group got by, drove through all the riders again to repeat the performance at the next wide spot in the road.
You're absolutely right....Niwot
Oct 5, 2002 7:56 PM
I was at AMBBR, too, and I thought the TnT "support cars" were ridiculous. No consideration for everyone else doing the ride. I can forgive inexperienced riders for not knowing how to ride in a group, but I can't forgive the pinheads driving around through all the cyclists as if everyone else doing the ride was just an inconvenience. They gave the whole TnT program a big black eye, IMO.