Well first of all, the Rock ‘n’ Roll franchise bought the Chicago Distance Classic, my first half marathon. But sentiment aside, that didn’t bug me so much. This is what bugs me:
From the Final Race Information packet:
You may only pick up your own race packet and number at the Expo – NO EXCEPTIONS!
Huh? And what?
There must be a caveat though… somewhere… for something…
But there’s not. And to add insult, you have to pick up your own packet at McCormick Place, which for those of you who are familiar with Chicago, is completely out of the way, not accessible by public transportation, and is about the size of O’Hare Airport. If that wasn’t bad enough, they are charging $19 to park, whether you’re there for five minutes or five hours.
This is bullshit. I have never participated in a race that didn’t allow someone pick up your packet for you. Even the marathon allows that. This is just a ploy to boost the number of warm bodies they can claim when soliciting exhibitors for the expo. You can bet your money that I will not buy much less even peruse the merchandise.
And that is how I feel about that.