I have read about runners being "Bandits" on a race course. For those who don't know the term, a "Bandit" is a runner who joins the racers and is not registered for the race. Often a runner will chose to be a Bandit in support of a fellow runner in order to help him/her in the pursuit of a PR. I must say I am tempted to be Bandit for an upcoming race....won't tell you which one or for who I would be helping. I am TORN.
The Rule Follower in me is against it. The race fees are there for a reason, to cover the costs of the honey buckets, police support, medical personnel, aid and water stations, race numbers, athlete tracking, and all the WONDERFUL people who help put in road races. And what if something happened?? I am not registered and have not signed a release form for care. And worse what if I get caught and permanently banned from the run. I should just fork out the HIGH fee and pin on my race number.
The Penny Pincher in me is for it. I don't need to pay the money for the medal or t-shirt, I won't drink the water or take the Gu. I will start after the start line and leave before the Finish. I will be there simply to support a friend. Will use it as a training run for enjoyment. I should not have to pay if I do not use any of the amenities of the race...well maybe a Honey Bucket Stop or two. I could run most of the race and save the money. And if I like the course I will dish out the money next year.
I have asked a couple people on received feedback. I also found an article HERE on Runner's lounge where the author wants to change the name from "Bandit" to "Leach," OUCH!! Several people commented on the article with opinions across the board on the issue. Now I am curious what you think?? Could Tall Mom be a Bandit?
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