When it comes to running half marathons or marathons, there is a fair amount of training time that goes into getting ready for race day. Especially for marathons, there is the period of the taper that helps to allow your body to build back up so that you are in top form for race day. Can you imagine going through all of that time and training to be standing at the starting line and – the race gets canceled?
You are standing at the start waiting for the all too familiar – “On your MARK! Get SET! GOOO!!!” Instead, it is heard that the race is delayed, and then canceled. That is what happened last year in Sheffield, UK before the start of their half marathon – with over 4,100 racers at the ready. Apparently, the organizers said their water supplier did not show up so they would have to cancel the race since they did not have adequate water for safety of the runners. Most of the runners went off anyway even though the official event was cancelled. I certainly know that I would have as well!
This year, the race is under new management and they have had an abundance of runners signing up for it. I think it is great that the running community is giving the new organizers a chance to show what they can do and I certainly hope the race goes off without a hitch. For many, this is their hometown race and something they want to be able to run in their own city.
Have you ever experienced anything quite like having the race cancel while you were at the starting line? What would you have done?