The headphone debate is nothing new. Those opposed to using headphones think you need to be aware of your surroundings, those for the use of headphones think there’s a middle ground between safety and music as a positive influence.
When I first started running I didn’t wear headphones. Instead, I listened to my lungs breathe and my feet hit the ground. Months later, as I became more comfortable with my body, I donned the headphones with one rule: I must always be able to hear my body and my surroundings.
So I’m running the other day minding my own business when out of nowhere my right arm is clipped by the side mirror of a Ford Escape. I looked at the car as if to say, “Hey! Yeah you! I’m on the curb of a two-lane road! Why don’t you move over? Don’t honk at me. Don’t curse at me. And above all, don’t hit me!”
To the guy who hit me and left, let’s think about this for a moment. You’re in a car. A big machine with no give. I’m a human. A little bigger than a bread basket and easily broken by big machines. Perhaps you were in a hurry or perhaps you are just a poor driver. Whatever the reason, you (and all drivers) should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians like me.
A race bandit is someone who participates in a race without paying the entry fee. The bandit runs (or jogs or walks) the course, drinks the water, eats the food, and accepts a medal, all things that have been paid for by other participants. So what’s the reasoning behind the bandit?
For some bandits, money is a motivator. For others, running as a bandit is a principle-based decision. While there may be arguments for and against the race bandit, I do believe #Anywhere5K can offer a compromise.
Carrying identification when you run is imperative. We know this, and we want to keep you safe. That’s why #Anywhere5K is giving away a $25 gift card to Go Sport ID.
To enter the giveaway:
- Register for our inaugural #Anywhere5K ← click to register
- Post your results on 3/3/2012 (a finisher form will be made available on race day)