May 15, 2012

Does anyone follow the rules?

I ran a 5K on Saturday, which my firm participated in as a group. Since it was a work event, I wanted to present myself in a respectable manner (sweating buckets and stopping at the wrong finish line are pushing respectable ...).

So, I made sure to read the rules of the race. They were simple, easy to find and easy to understand. No baby joggers, no rollerblades, no headphones and no dogs. In another area, I read more information about the "no dog" rule; not only did race organizers not want them in the race, they didn't want them in the race village. Sorry, Crazy Eyes Chloe. 

Read the rules, understand the rules, follow the rules. Simple right?

Well, apparently not. After I got hit in the back of the foot with a stroller, I started noticing other jogging strollers and an insane number of headphones. And, while there weren't any dogs racing, I did see some in the race village. Funny. All of these things were not allowed.

Also, many walkers ignored their 8 a.m. start time and started with the chip-timed 5K race at 7:45 a.m.

Come on, people. It's a few simple rules – most likely for your own good. Follow them.

Granted, I get called a square quite frequently by my boyfriend for my incessant rule-following. Didn't he know? 
Do you follow race rules? Or am I the only square?


  1. It's not just you. I follow the rules too. :) Frustrating sometimes how many people don't though huh?

  2. I also get grumpy when people don't follow the race rules!

  3. I am a rule follower and it makes me angry when others do not. Usually it is for you own good so get on the rule following bus people.

  4. Nope, you are right on girl, following rules is how things run smoothly and not end in chaos...I enjoy being a square when it comes to following rules!


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