New York Marathoners to Run with Bags

Undeniably, New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. This year,  New York Road Runners, the event organizer will be swinging from the marathon’s tradition. They will be removing  services to transport  marathoners’ belongings to the finish line! Would you still care to join even that means you have to run with extra weight?

“You’re seriously going to leave me in Midtown after racing 26 miles with no phone, no change of shoes and socks, no change of clothes, no money, no MetroCard, no train ticket, no ID?” Christopher Donnelly of Maplewood, N.J., wrote on the Web site, where an online petition posted. “Sounds reckless, ill considered, and irresponsible on the part of N.Y.R.R.”

Another petitioner, Jessica Ameri of Brooklyn, added: “You charge more and then remove a service, giving no one a chance to decide for themselves whether to run with this change and no way to get a refund. Terrible.”

Mary Wittenberg, the president of the Road Runners, said the plan to eliminate the bag drop was made after several years and in coordination with the city. For many years, U.P.S. hauled runners’ belongings from the starting line in Staten Island to Central Park. Last year 76 trucks were needed to transport bags for the roughly 47,000 runners in the race.


Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

Read the full article at The New York Times. 


Photo copyright by  Flickr user Garmin. 


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