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    More gaffes from Chattanooga race organizers. They don't seem to know how to measure a race course. They've had a lot of trouble with the Karen Lawrence Run on New Years Eve. The course is either long or short. It was short this year. It's supposed to be four miles long. What is the problem? Also during this race, they have a F-ed up start/finish situation that is only used at this race where runners have to go through an area at start as narrow as the neck of an hourglass (in order to run over sensors that pick up chip info). Not enough volunteers to tell people where to turn. Just a disaster. Used to be great. They ran out of water at the one water stop one year. Terrible.

    Fast forward to the inaugural Chattanooga Marathon. People be like: "Hey, if we're paying that, and training for that, and running that, then this course better be exactly 26.2 miles!" Not to worry, they said. This course will be correct down to the inch, they said. I guess someone came in and certified it. But, someone put a pylon down in the wrong place at a turnaround spot. So the race was .28 miles short of a marathon!

    Last edited by BillVol; 03-09-2016, 11:57 PM.

  • #2
    How did this thread go from 20 to 640 reads so quickly?
    Last edited by BillVol; 03-23-2016, 12:10 AM.


    • #3
      The headline is suggestive.


      • #4
        booond, seems like I write bad headlines a lot. At any rate, the BAA saves the Chattanooga Marathon's bacon. Got this in email today:

        BAA UPDATE
        We are happy to announce that after several months working with the Boston Athletic Association on the adjusted qualifying times, they will allow runners who achieved qualifying performances at the inaugural Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee event to submit 2017 Boston Marathon registration applications later this fall. In the coming days you will see another column on the results page with adjusted times from the event.

        Want more info on the 2017 Boston Marathon qualifying process? Check out this article.

        If you have any questions, please let us know. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you next March.