I saw a few things Sunday at the tune up, though, that really rankled me. Am I being overly sensitive? You be the judge. Here's what I saw:
-At the start, in my corral, I overheard two people talking. They were standing immediately to my left, talking about their nerves and whether they were prepared to finish the race or not. The woman pointed at someone in front of me and said to her companion, "Look at her. If she's going to be able to finish, I can." The woman in front of me was slightly on the heavier side, and the comment was obviously directed at her size (never mind that she had a well-used fuel belt on, all wicking clothes, and running shoes that were not brand new - signs, to me, that she was probably an experienced runner who had trained for this). I turned and glared at the woman who said it and I really wish I'd said more.
-Because this was a three-loop course, I was lapped by the fastest runners twice and by many runners once. The first time the leaders came around, they had cyclists and a police car announcing them. I was pretty shocked at how many runners moved out of their lane while the cars and bikes passed, and then moved right back into that lane. Honestly, I attribute some of this to headphone wearing. I know lots of people depend on music to get them through their runs and races. But this was a clear case of people being made oblivious to their surroundings by headphones.
-At one point, a child on a bike - he was probably about 12 or 13 - came up beside the race and noticed the water table. He started saying, loudly to whoever he was with, "Look - they have water! I want water!!" and then he noticed that it was a Gatorade station and started yelling, "I want Gatorade! I need Gatorade!" before cutting over into the race and asking runners to hand him a glass of Gatorade. I was... shocked. First off, whoever he was with should have told him not to do that. Second off, it was pretty obvious that the water/Gatorade were set up for the race and not for the public. Am I being too sensitive? I wouldn't have outright denied the kid a glass of water or Gatorade, but I was shocked he had the gall to ask and, as a slower runner, I have been in a position where water tables have run out before I've gotten there.