I haven’t run that many races, but I’ve always attended race expos in the preceding days so I can pick up my bibs, shirts and any additional swag. Many race organizations allow others to do bib pickups for runners as well, which always thought was nice — many people have work or other conflicts, and with destination races, it can be hard to snag an extra day off.
runDisney has always allowed bib pickup for others, so as long as there was a photocopy of the runner’s picture ID and a filled-out waiver to turn in. Helpful, because sometimes it can get hard to get down to WDW or Disneyland ahead of these back-to-back race challenge weekends, and a few extra days on property can really add up.
Well, it looks like this is no longer the case. This is now on the runDisney site, on the Disneyland Half page:
Oh. OK. Well, maybe this is just for Disneyland, I thought. I have yet to run a West Coast race but maybe Disneyland races have more locals, or something … surely WDW wouldn’t have the same policy, when so many people arrive on the Magical Express mere hours before their races.
Nope. This was on the Wine & Dine page:
I understand that as these races grow in popularity and they accept more runners, there are likely more instances of bib-selling and other improper behavior. But this seems kind of ridiculous. I’m honestly curious about the motivations behind this policy change … when did others picking up bibs and race packets become a problem for runDisney?
I’m not really sure on where I stand on the ethics of selling a bib/race entry. I can understand why runDisney or any other race organization prohibits it, from a liability standpoint. However, I think runDisney’s deferral policy is pretty ridiculous, expensive and difficult (my boyfriend deferred his WDW Marathon registration from this year until next, so I have a bit of knowledge about the system), and adopting a more lenient deferral policy — and keeping the packet pickup process more flexible — would probably score a lot of points with runDisney aficionados.