Ugh. I don’t know why I let myself get sucked into the Corporate Challenge after 4 years away from it. I guess I had a feeling that being a runner, I wouldn’t hear the end of it if I *didn’t* sign up…
So yesterday, everyone participating gets an email with race day details…and hello, what do I see here:
There will be four separate Start areas. Those runners designated by a RED Corporate Challenge sticker on their bib number (under 7 minutes/mile pace) will have access to the first Start line. Access points for this Start line will be designated by RED flags. Next, those runners designated by a YELLOW Corporate Challenge sticker (under 8 minutes/mile pace) will have access to the second Start line. Access points for this Start line will be designated by YELLOW flags. Both of these Start lines will be defined by barricades and monitored by security guards. Access to these start lines will be by colored sticker only. No exceptions. No RED or YELLOW stickers will be available on race day.
So obviously, I would qualify for the yellow start…hell, I’ve qualified many times over for it! I had a temporary feeling of “oh goodie!” until i realized “wait a minute…they don’t have my predicted time-how will I get my yellow sticker?” I emailed our company captain asking, though she said later that they said it was too late. Ummm, too late? How is it too late if we just found out now? So I decided to email the race people myself, as I wanted to avoid getting relegated to this…
Those runners who will run at a pace over 8 minutes per mile may line up behind the YELLOW zone barricades. Those who plan to run 9 or 10 minutes/mile are expected to line up further back, according to the “Pace Per Mile” signs on either side of the roadway.
Those runners slower than 10 minutes/mile and ALL WALKERS should line up behind the “Non-Competitive” banner which will be hung above the roadway just north of 72nd Street. See the Special Rules for All Walkers for additional information.
So I wrote a nice email to the race people who unfortunately told me the same thing, that the corrals were full, and that all captains were sent an email about it in May. And apparently our captain “must have just deleted them because I didn’t think we had any ‘elite’ runners!” Um…that was not her decision to make!! And yes, I know, I know. My times and paces hardly are considered “elite.” I will never run a 6-minute mile, or a sub-3 marathon, etc. I guess thats what I mean when I say to those who aren’t runners, my times are really not that impressive!!
So now I almost don’t even feel like running it anymore…why should I have to deal with the aggravation? And the race people reminded me that “with the advent of chip timing, your net time will be recorded.” Um-that did not make any difference in the last race I had to deal with the “honor system”-MCM. Where I got totally screwed for lining up “honestly”, between losing about 30 seconds per mile for each of the first 2 miles, and I’m sure all the swerving aggrevated the sh*t band…and you all know how that race ended.
So if I do still run it, only thing I think I can do is try and get there an hour or so early and line up at the front of the non-seeded area…unfortunately that means having to forgo a warmup. Unless anyone else has any other suggestions? I was planning on shooting for a goal time, and don’t want to risk having a bad first mile, as I’m not sure 2.5 miles is enough to make up for any time lost on mile 1. Help!