Banning The Ipod from Marathon Running

Posted: December 2, 2007 in marathon, running

Its ridiculous to ban IPODs from running in the name of fairplay. Last year the IAAF banned the use of headphones in championship events. The IAAF ban was intended to prevent athletes from receiving information via radio about the whereabouts of their rivals. The ban is not limited to the elite but everyone running a marathon.

Runners Disqualified

Like most runners I wasnt aware of the ban until I read how Organizers of the Twin Cities Marathon disqualified 176 runners from this year’s race for wearing headphones.

A loosing Battle

A handful of U.S. races have actively enforced the ban. But most have ignored it. One opponent of the ban is  Tracy Sundlan, whose Elite Racing event management firm puts on the the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.  She believes the ban wasn’t well thought out and could simply end up driving away customers for race organizers large and small.

Will You Vote with Your Feet?

If the legions of fun runners who dominate the ranks of world road racing decide to vote with their feet, it will be end of marathon running.

 

 

 

 

 

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