Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I am Pregnant!









April Fools!
(That is the lame joke I play every year)


Now that I got my stupid joke out of the way and Chubby Hubby has regained consciousness...

The ethics of running has been on my mind lately, specifically for races. As we all know when we sign up for a race we agree to the terms that the entry is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. If you sign up and can't run for whatever reason you are screwed out of the money. If you want to run race you don't get in for whatever reason you are screwed out of the experience.

I have been reading in Blogland about people getting injured and not being able to run a race or people who's running destiny has been decided by the lottery Gods. Race entries fees are skyrocketing and it is a lot of money to be out if you can't run. If you were in one of these situations, Would you buy or sell your race bib?

Discuss....






Disclaimer: I am not saying I am taking part in this activity, This is a hot debate topic and I am curious about your opinions on this topic.

36 comments:

Jess said...

Holy crap, you fooled me!

Personally, I wouldn't bandit a race just because it wouldn't feel legit to me, nor would I buy someone's bib -- same reason. However, there are some races that allow legitimate trading of bibs for those purposes that you listed, and I think that's great.

Lily on the Road said...

OMFG Carly, now that I have regained consciousness, you are a BRAT!!!

I wouldn't bandit a race, why bother, everyone has the same opportunity to sign up, and I'm with Jess some allow legit trading...

teacherwoman said...

Yeah, you had me. I think if you would have devoted your post to being pregnant, I would have so bought it! LOL

I don't think I could ever sell my bib, or vice versa. Heck, I am having a hard time with the idea of wearing my HM bib for the 5k at the Fargo Marathon. LOL.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Hahahahah. I didn't fall for it from the beginning. I'm already on the lookout for april foolishness

Wouldn't be a bandit or buy or sell a bib.

MCM Mama said...

LOL. Be careful. I had a friend pull that joke on her husband and then she found out a few days later that she really was. ;o) So, we don't even joke about it around here.

I've never bought or sold a bib, but I may be faced with that issue in the spring. I'm not planning to run a race I signed up for. Supposedly there will be transfers allowed, but if not, I"m hating that I'll be losing that money. Of course, I'm so not a rule breaker that I'll likely eat the fee and not even go get my packet. Sigh.

Heather said...

You had me!

I'm a rule follower, so I wouldn't buy someone else's bib or let someone else use mine. I figure if we want to continue having great races, we all need to pay the fees and be legit to support the sport we love.

raulgonemobile said...

If you had pushed a little harder to sell that, I think you would have had me fooled. That was a better prank than me putting green food coloring in the toilet this morning.

As far as selling and buying a race bib, yeah, I'd do it. As long as the other person wasn't running it too. I figure, they're like tickets. X number of people can go to the race; what do the race directors care who really runs it? (apart from a race where you needed to qualify to run it) It's like buying and selling concert tickets or something.

Brandi said...

omg you so had me. : p

Diana said...

Classic joke!

Marcy said...

GAWD CARLY!! Seriously my heart started beating 375892472894 times faster when I saw that pic. You a$$!! ;-) I still love you though :-*

I don't know . . . one half of me says yes I would and then the other half says no. What happens if you BQ for that person, ya know?

Melanie said...

ya, you got me too. Due to injury last year, I had to get rid of a few bibs. Didn't sell them, and race directors happily changed the names, so I just gave them away... that's I guess where the legit trading comes in. Not sure if it's different with races in Canada, but I haven't heard about too many issues, and I know a lot of people that buy/sell bibs up here. I would never expect my money back though. Have to agree with raulgonemobile. What's the big deal who races with a bib if they've already got the money?

Carolina John said...

i was not fooled. your joke is lame. but it's still a better attempt than i made today, so i must give credit for a "good try" anyway. hahah!

tfh said...

HA!

Yeah, I'm not even gonna joke about that one...superstitious... ;)

I think I'd consider wearing a close friend/family member's bib, but I'd never trade/buy from a stranger. I can't quite see how the former hurts anybody-- esp. at our level.

Tammy said...

Well, I actually did run as a bandit at the St Louis Half last year only because I didn't register and decided to go at the last minute on race day (no race day registration). I carried my own water and didn't take any of the goodies that were intended for the official runners.

As far as using someone else's bib, no I would never do that. I would also never run as a bandit in a full marathon. For a race that I have prepared for 4 months, I want a medal and official race results!

RunningLaur said...

I've been religiously checking out transfer policies for my bigger races - since I'm a planner, I want to register right away but I'm afraid of something happening and being screwed out of the money.

I wouldn't bandit, but I don't have a problem with transferring bibs if there's a system for it. Most race directors I've talked to understand and will change it no problem, except for the huge RNR races, etc.

SeeGirlRun said...

I wouldn't run as a bandit but I don't mind buying a bib number from someone who isn't able to run. It's not like I'm going to win prize money or anything - seriously. I'm just a face in the crowd, back of the packer, running with a bought and paid for bib.

X-Country2 said...

I wouldn't run bandit, but if a race allowed me to give away my bid, I'd do that. Especially the lotto ones where people get turned down.

Kelly said...

I don't know much about selling/buying bibs... but I've always wondered about it. Triathlons are expensive, and my job makes it hard for me to commit to something 6 months away. I think they should just change their rules and allow it.

D10 said...

I am not a bandit type person. However, while I understand why races have to have the rules they have, I think you should be able to trade.

aron said...

i dont think i would sell or buy a bib... when i race i want it to be under my name and same thing goes the other way. i wish they would allow transfers for people who do get injured or cant race.

Catholic Runner said...

Holy crap, I feel for it. I thought no wonder she hasn't had any energy.

I wouldn't sell a bib but I'd buy one if I wanted to run it bad enough. Not like I'd be cheating any elite runners out of their prize...

Running Around Acres said...

It has never happened to me, but I guess I might sell it for up to race fees. Never more. But if it is a qualifying race like Boston, no way.

AKA Alice said...

OMFG...Although, it's almost no fun to try to fool me, cuz I'm about the worlds most gullible person and pretty much believe almost everything that people tell me...

I've never run a race w/o a bib. I'm too goal oriented and I want to see my name next to that time and (hopefully) PR. I do think that race directors should allow for legit trading. It couldn't be all that difficult. Now that I've been "not selected" to run the Nike Women's this year, I'm thinking back to all the unclaimed bibs I saw last year...people who'd paid their money, but for whatever reason, couldn't run. It seems unfair.

Marlene said...

HA! Good one!

I have sold my bib in a few races where they allow transfers (usually with a fee) and I have GIVEN my bib away a couple times... I know rules are rules, but I think they're dumb. :)

Laura N said...

I knew it was a joke b/c I thought of the same joke this morning! I didn't do it, but thought of it. You are so funny to have put a PG test on your site!

I wouldn't bandit, but I'd sell/give away my bib if I couldn't run & someone close to me really wanted to. I think it's silly not to allow for transfers. & refunds should be allowed up to a certain date. But I only run 2-3 races a year so it's not that big a deal to me.

Missy said...

OK, I'll be the only one on the planet to admit that I've run bandit before. I've done it once in a big race. I was using it as training, didn't want the extras, the t-shirt, the medal and I REALLY didn't want my name in the paper (knowing it was training but if I'm racing...). I really just wanted to be with my friends. That said, I won't do it again. It didn't feel right at all - like I was taking away from the people that really trained and paid - like I was mocking them (I wasn't).

lindsay said...

haha. at first i thought omg! but then i remembered it was april fools :)

i voted "no" - not really b/c rules are rules though. i would just want to run it under my name and i don't know how the race would change the info? (i don't imagine that most races would do that, but i don't know)

i would prefer people to buy a bib than bandit... most people who bandit also take the food/water at the stops/finish and that's not really fair to the people who paid to have the food provided... i have heard of some people bandit-ing a race and bringing their own provisions which i could deal with.

Maternity Secret said...

I just want to say congratz!!! And then found that you fooled me!

Kristen said...

I just came accross your blog and really like it so far. This topic has somethinG i have thought a lot about as well.

I wouldn't run bandit. I think that is unfair to the people who have paid their money. As far as selling/buying goes I am open to that. Its not like I will set any sort of record/place or anything. If I were to sell my bib I would never sell my bib for more than I paid - even maybe at a discount just to recoup some money. I figure the money has still been paid.

mommie2lea said...

You totally got me! I think I forgot to breathe for a minute!

I don't think I would sell my bib, but I might give to someone I know who really wanted to run if I could not. This happened with two people I work with when the guy hurt his foot right before the Chicago Marathon, and then gave his bib to a woman at work.

And she ran it with no prep. She's a machine.

Jess said...

If I shelled out the money for a race and then got hurt, I would love to be able to sell it to someone that wants to get into the race. It would save me from eating $50 (like I did last year) and someone who wants to run would be able to.

However, I wouldn't be down with running a race I didn't pay for.

VeeGettingHealthy said...

You fooled me too. I was so ready to be jealous when I saw your title. I've been trying for almost 3 years. Thanks. Vee at www.veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I really AM pregnant!11!

And the father is ... Brad Pitt!

Who, by the way, is a really bad lay. I mean, hello? What about my needs, Brad?!1!?

Plus, you'd think he was a cuddler afterwards, but he's not.

He just used me! And if you THINK he called next day well .... pffffttt! Think again!

Celebrities can be soooo cruel ....

paige said...

I just had to laugh Carly. I got that call from my BFF on April Fool's day, two years ago....only it wasn't a joke LOL He just turned two in November.

Anonymous said...

I think it's past time for races to have a legit way to deal with people who need to buy/sell bibs. They could charge an administrative fee if necessary, and runner's wouldn't have to be out all the cash for the race. There are far too many good reasons to have to drop out of a race, and no way to recoup the money. Especially with the long advance for signing up, and the use of lotteries which can keep the most earnest registrants out of the race. If it's an out-of-town race, the hotel will let you cancel, but the race won't? That's wrong. If you had asked me a few years ago, I would have had a different opinion, but it's too easy now to handle a waiting list and cancellations. Race organizers have no excuse, especially in this economy! I also would have taken exception to the bandit idea, until I discovered that various websites are compiling and publishing personal data on people, some of it gleaned from race results. It forces one to either run bandit (without taking anything that you didn't pay for, of course), race not at all, lie about your personal data, or force race directors to stop publishing data that is not anyone's business. I understand that race directors need your age if you are concerned about placing in your age group, but no one needs to find out from a simple google search how old I am and where I live at athlinks.com, or allsportcentral.com.

Dando said...

Wow! Nice joke. If I were a girl I would totally steal that joke from you.