Ok, the actual intent of this post - I got this in my email:
|Registration for the 2013 Rockford Marathon is now open.|
On one hand, Rockford is where i grew up, and i kind of feel like it really needs my help. It's a failed manufacturing town with violent crime and unemployment rates that rival Detroit and Flint. Its number 9 on the top 10 list of most dangerous cities to live. But its still my hometown, and quite frankly, it needs help. It needs revenues, and it needs a little bit of a "character makeover." I really want to see the Rockford marathon be successful, something that shows how great Rockford can be.
But on the other hand, THIS MARATHON ALMOST KILLED ME. Seriously. Limping through one of the worst neighborhoods in town, delirious from dehydration, while crack heads look at you like you're the crazy one is not pretty. Or safe. Or forgivable. Sports Event Management totally botched this event by not having enough water, not canceling the race when the temps hit 90, and leaving people out on the course alone and confused. And unconscious. I would like to think they learned a valuable lesson from their failures, but would i stake my life on it?
But on the other hand, it's so cheap! under $50 with my CARA discount, and i have a place to stay, and a babysitter for waffles. And part of me (the ferocious, vengeance-seeking part) wants to show this race that i will f*ck it up the same way it did to me.
In short, i have this question for you. If you had a truly horrific experience at a race (that was in part because of race management), would you ever go back for more? Am i a masochist??