This past weekend was the Livestrong Austin Marathon. I finished the race in 3:56:56, my worst, non-pacing finish for a non-Ironman-connected marathon. But it was the most awesome & emotional (full) marathon I have ever run.
This year will likely be my last year to run Austin. This has nothing to do with the hijinks of Livestrong's former chairperson; their mission is far too important to let something like that get in the way. Rather, it has to do with how management managed things leading up to the marathon. Here are my primary gripes:
- I registered for the marathon on the first day registration opened. A month before race-day, there was a post on social media that anyone who registered on 01/21 for the 2013 event would get free entry to the 2014 event. I was rather offended that management would screw over those who were obviously dedicated to the running of the event because, up until then, it was the best marathon in Texas.
- Nicholle wanted to walk the 5k walk/run with the Boy in the Bob. However, she was told strollers were not permitted. Since walkers were permitted, as are headphones, the argument of "safety" just held no water for us.