madbuck wrote:It's a nice thought and doesn't hurt to ask, but in general, such actions (called "banditing") are discouraged in racing: there are a number of paid entrants, including those that are entering to honour him; and even without using aid station supplies, there's something about the fact that it's a race that has potential negative consequences, such as increasing crowds for other runners, a respect for the competitive aspect and the challenge of the distance, and the potential use of emergency/aid even if not intended.
To respectfully honour an accomplishment of that magnitude, I think it's awesome that some here are inspired to go beyond what they perceived as their own limits. Most healthy folks, if they so choose, could work their way up to the half-marathon distance at least in that timeframe. If not, running the same course on an alternate date.
I hope my opinion is taken with the same intention and well-meaning that I take your suggestion to be. Cheers!
I think you missed the intent we had. The team would be more than happy to pay the entry fee on an individual basis. I know a number of runners who take it so seriously as to get pissed about such a thought and really they can just suck it up. The team we had spoken about is not interested in the 'race' aspect but the 'doing something Rob loved that we could not otherwise do' aspect. If you have never been to the event, you would know the crowds exist whether 5-10 of us want to do it in stages or not. While I/we all can respect the competitive aspect to the race (hence why we know the time would not be official, and I believe I stated that), there is no competitive spirit apart from that which we all would have with ourselves to complete our stage in a manner Rob would be proud of. As for emergency aid, I can pretty well assure you if you had 10 non-runners enter it trying to do the whole thing that may be a bit worse.
With all due respect, your opinion was not taken in the same intention and feel free to PM me if you want to discuss further but you certainly came across as someone who doesnt want 'non-runners' in your event no matter their intentions.
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