Don't Mess With My Marathon Plans!
When I first began training for the Los Angeles Marathon, the date of the race was the first Sunday in March. March 1, 2009 to be exact. The race has been the 1st Sunday in March for 20+ years, and in this city that can sometimes seem to lack permanency or history, it's nice to have some things that are rooted in tradition, albeit a rather short tradition. I was also naive enough to believe that the City of Los Angeles owned the marathon. I figured, if it has the city's name on it, they call the shots.
I have been schooled on both fronts. First, the marathon got sold from one corporate entity to another. Now the guy who owns the Dodger's owns the Marathon. We know how great THEY did this year, right? Then, political wheeling and dealing necessitated a date change to Monday, February 16th. That happens to be President's Day, a day not everyone has off work. And why did this happen? Partly because churches were concerned that a Sunday marathon disrupted worshipers ability to get to church.
Fast forward two months and, voila, the Marathon owners have decided to move the race date yet again! TO MEMORIAL DAY!
I think everyone at the Marathon holding company should be fired. Somebody even wealthier needs to buy the race back from these asinine, inept, dumb as rocks people. Spielberg, where are you when we need you? AAGH! I just want to say bad words right now and call them all lots of names. And throw eggs at them. And superglue their mouths shut. AND whack a hammer against their heads so that some sense can be knocked into them.
You can't take people who are training for a specific date and just tell them to keep on training for a race that's three months later. And do they want people to die from heat exhaustion? What happens if it's 90+ degrees on Memorial Day? Do they really think elite runners are gonna come to LA to run in hot as hell May? Are we really going to have street closings on a huge holiday weekend when everybody's trying to head out to the beach? What about the charities who are counting on money arriving three months earlier?
Oh, and where is our Mayor's voice in all this? Yes, I'm talking about Antonio "I have accomplished nothing while in office except cheating on my wife" Villaraigosa. Crickets are chirping because while all this is going on, he's cheesing on stage at Barack Obama's press conference.
Psst! Mr. Obama, Villaraigosa can't even figure out how to work with marathon owners to make a great running experience in his city. Whatever he tells you, don't listen! Do the exact opposite!
It's days like this that Los Angeles lives up to it's plastic soul reputation. That said, I'm still gonna run the race in May. I just don't think it's going to be my first marathon anymore. I don't know yet what race will be my first race but my heart is BROKEN over this STUPID, STUPID decision.