28 Apr '15, 1pm

Why you should never, ever bandit a race:

The English dictionary defines the word “bandit” as “an outlaw who lives by plunder.” In the running industry, we define them as people who don’t officially enter our race but feel it is okay to just jump in at any location along the course and run. Not all races have the unique experience of dealing with bandits or unofficial runners, but many do. The most common races where non-official runners tend to jump in are those that sell out quickly or a race like Boston where you would actually have to qualify to register. Some say, “It’s a public road so I can do what I want, so what’s the big deal?” Well, a few things actually do make it a big deal, for example: How do we know how many are going to show up and thus how many do we need to plan for? In some cases it could be just a few and in other cases it could be hundreds or even thousands. We haven’t been able to communicat...

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