My next Half Marathon is the Hollywood Half Marathon. This is a brand new race.
So far they have been doing a great job at keeping people informed about everything concerning the race on their Facebook page and on Twitter. They had several promotions also and I used one when I signed up and save a lot of $.
They asked people input for the shirts, the medals and for other things. Of course when you ask hundreds of people for their opinions you will get it all and you will not be able to please everyone. I think they were going all out to try to please the majority and make this a great event and that they really have the best intentions.
So it was "marketed" as a Hollywood event, with red carpet at the finish line and a "Run with the Stars" theme with big finish at Universal Studios. (They never named anyone famous who would be running this event. ) I signed up because it looks like it will be fun and it is close to where I live and it was pretty cheap at $50. Cannot beat that.
The course was to take runners from Universal Studio down to Hollywood, on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame Blvd and Sunset Blvd and back up to Universal Studios. The course was a loop with one big hill in the second half of the course.
Yesterday, the race director made an announcement and posted that the city has decided to modify the course and presented an alternate route which eliminates the hill at the end.
This is the new course
- Point to point instead of a loop.
- Downhill course.
- Shuttle will be needed to get back to Universal Studios.
People went nuts on Facebook. Of course they did.
A lot of complaining. "It is not Hollywood anymore" " I want the hill" "I don't want to get on a shuttle after the race" "I want my money back" "I don't have time to wait for shuttle after my race" "If I wanted to run LA I would run LA!" "I am training for hills, now what am I supposed to do?" "This is not right" "Who will pay for my hotel room that is at the start" (really?) "I will not do the race if it changes BOO" "No hill? that is stupid" "I want to run Hollywood because my work is there"...and much much more.
I feel so bad for the poor race director. It is all out of his hands. Nothing he can do about it.
Me I don't really care.
I am happy that I get to do it.
I am happy that I get to do any race actually.
The truth is I would have signed up if they had presented the 2nd course to begin with, it still goes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and at Hollywood and Highland and the medal is really nice. And who knows who I will be running next to....or after?!
People don't like changes and people LOVE to complain.