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(BBC)   Half-marathon organisers cancel race due to lack of water stations, learn that you can't actually do much to stop 4,000 people running on public roads   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Fail, Sheffield Half Marathon, public roads, water stations, South Yorkshire Police, water shortages  
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2014-04-07 11:47:12 AM  
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Shan: I'm curious though about the logistics of the scoring of a marathon. I mean typically when you see a marathon there are an assload of people there; who determines if you start at the front or the rear? And how do you accurately time anybody other than the front of the pack? Anyone who has run in a pack of any size knows that there's a massive rubber-band effect and it has to be several minutes at some of the larger marathons before the "last" person to start even crosses the starting line

let me help you out:

As to starting positions, there is an "elite" section at the front, consisting of the skinny kenyan wankers who are there to WIN the thing.  The idea is that they shouldn't have to lose time weaving through the plodding plebes (such as myself), and endanger everyone else.

You sort of place yourself in the pack based on how fast you think you're going to run it.  Large runs will have pace groups where a group leader will run at a given rate and bring you over the line at a specified time.  For example, I usually run a 2:00 hour half marathon, so I would line up with the 2:00 group.  They aren't slowing down for shiat, so if you can't keep up, you just fall back.   A fellow farker friend of mine would line up with the 1:45 group because he's a big fat doodyhead (hey there A.T.).  Fast guys up front, slow guys at the back.

Timing is done via RFID chips, typically embedded in your number.  It starts you time when you cross the line, and stops when you cross the finish line.  Simple as that.  There are gates throughout the course that record split times.  Some runs also use your number to take pictures based on when your bib number shows up.  A lot of times they will then sell you the pictures at exorbitant rates.
2014-04-07 10:42:10 AM  
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dognose4: Oh, it's it's just a 1/2.  I can run what with out a water stop on a hot day.  It doesn't even look hot.

Second that.  A half marathon on what looks to be a cloudy and perhaps rainy day doesn't really need water stops.   However, I think the directors cancelled for legal reasons.  If somebody keels over and dies the first people to be blamed would be the race directors for not supplying water.

Had to be done.
2014-04-07 10:42:00 AM  
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Emil Zátopek can be heard laughing at these pansies and their water stations from his grave.
2014-04-07 10:37:03 AM  
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Don't the have any running water over there?  You don't have to buy water in a store normally.   Turn on a freaking hose fill up a bucket.
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