Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A 2¢ Final Thought About the LB Marathon

Yesterday the Puff and I drove over to Run Racing headquarters in Long Beach to pick up my personal items bag that I'd left at the race. I'd emailed them first thing on Monday about my bag and they responded promptly to confirm that they had it. They were actually going to mail it to me for free, but I was in the neighborhood anyway so it was convenient.

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?


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
5. deodorant
6. pad/tampon
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. :)


  1. Wow! That is awesome they did that for you!

  2. I decided against checking in a bag because I thought it would be chaotic and it looks like I was right. I took the car key off the keychain and just took that, tucked it into my fuel belt, and really didn't need anything else. My phone is also my music player so I had that with me at all times.

    And major score on your part for getting a free race entry!! Congrats!

  3. Hi there,
    Found you from a comment you left on another blog. Congrats on your second half.

    I see you ran your first in SF in 2:37 and now your second in 2:15. Nice. I ran my first, the Nike Women's Half Marathon in SF this past Sunday with a time of 2:41. It's killing me because I know on a flatter course I can do better.

    Anyhow, glad to have found you. I'm a new follower and will add you to my reader.

  4. Hey, that is so awesome how you scored on a free entry! YEAH! Way to be super smart about your valuables, teach me a lesson.

  5. Awesome, free stuff rocks! I am really anti-cell phone. I have one, but I hardly use it. I rarely text, refuse to talk while driving, and have banned any of my part-time student workers from having them in the office. The only reason I can think of to take one to a race is if you were trying to meet someone, and even then it is not needed really. Now, I do say this without ever having run anything more than a 5k, and being a guy. I just don't get why someone would bring a lot of stuff to a race.

    BTW --thanks for your comment-- I didn't know how that post would come across.