"USA Track & Field, the national governing body for running, this year banned the use of headphones and portable audio players like iPods at its official races. The new rule was created to ensure safety and to prevent runners from having a competitive edge."
What!!! Unbelievable! I haven't blogged much about running. It is a part of my life I am trying to get back to, since having children. I have run six marathons, and countless numbers of half marathons, 10k's and 5k's. Every single race I have ever run, I took my tunes with me, every single one! I can't believe this ban is going on...I just couldn't disagree with this more. Running and music go hand in hand for me. The New York Marathon, which is roughly 38,000 runners is threatening not to enforce the ban. To that the USA Track & Field org. says they will not endorse any race that doesn't enforce banning music.
It is not anyone else's place to tell me how I should experience my marathon! I have seen runners who juggle the entire marathon ban them, is that safer than my ipod? I think not! What about runners in costume? How about barefoot marathoners? Where does it end??? I will tell you this USA Track & Field...come Hell or high water, I will qualify for The Boston Marathon! When I do, I will have a music chip embedded in my brain if I have to! You will not come between me, my music, and my Boston Marathon!!! You can pry my music from my cold dead hands (or brain)!!!!!