I never went to pick up my bag after the race because the bag pick up line looked like this:
I was standing at the end of the line when I took this picture. I told the girl in line ahead of me that there was nothing in my bag that was worth waiting in this line.
Her response? "My cell phone is in there, I have to get my bag." HUH? What's the point of bringing a cell phone if you're going to be without it anyway?
Why does anyone leave their cell phone/car keys/wallet/first born child in a stuff bag?
My 2¢ about this is DON'T LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR DROP BAG. Duh.
I don't understand the need. My iPhone is my MP3 player and it's strapped to my arm with a few dollars tucked in there with it. My car keys stay in my car and I remove the keyless remote which I tie to my shoelaces:
For the LB race, my stuff bag contained the following items:
1. Energy beans
2. A peanut butter sandwich (petrified when I picked it up yesterday, lol)
3. the long sleeve t-shirt I wore to the race
4. the long sweats I wore to the race
7. My race t-shirt
Nothing that I couldn't lose. And the only reason I even contacted Run Racing was because I really wanted to see if I could get back that race t-shirt.
I've been reading countless complaints now about the stuff bag issue at the race. I know the situation was a chaotic mess, but honestly people we need to take responsibility for our own contribution to the problem. I'd heard people had broken down the barriers and were bypassing the volunteers searching for their own bags amongst the tens of thousands of bags under the tent. YIKES!
When I picked up my bag at Run Racing yesterday, the lovely staff apologized profusely for the chaos surroudnig the drop bag problem (not a problem for me). AND............to compensate me for my trouble I got a FREE ENTRY to the LA County Half Marathon on December 12th!
Although I was not inconvenienced by the drop bag issue, I'm not above accepting a FREE ENTRY to the LA County Half Marathon. That's a $100 value! Hello, free race t-shirt and medal, here I come! After I run a measley 13.1 miles, that is. :)