Monday, April 12, 2010

Am I Wrong to be Upset About This???

So we have a new half-marathon coming to "Boston." It's called 13.1 Boston. Maybe you have one near you, as they have races in several major cities throughout the USA.

13.1 "Boston" is at the end of June and according to their website and ads in magazines, its said to take place in Boston. The ads they have in local magazines show pictures of the city, as does the website. Originally the course was TBA but the location was definitely listed as Boston. I was excited to run this and figured I'd be able to walk down to the start line, since I live in Boston. I encouraged a good friend to sign up for the race and told her she could stay at my apartment. Here's what 13.1 Series says about Boston:

“Where the Party Meets the Pavement” is our tagline and when you come out and run, you’ll understand why.  Join the party in the fastest growing half marathon series in the country.  You’ll get to enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s top cities through this new and exciting way to race.
However, when the course map came out, it was revealed that 13.1 "Boston" is actually in a small, rural town called Canton. According to Google it's going to be about a 25 minute drive to get there. Oh, wait, Ryan and I don't even have a car! So now on top of paying $55 to run in our backyard, we are now going to have to rent a car to get there!

I just think it's really rotten of 13.1 Series to advertise that the race is in Boston, with bands and entertainment along the course, only to find out it's actually taking place on a farm 20 miles out of the city. I feel like they are tricking runners, getting them to sign up thinking they will get to run through a city. 13.1's website STILL says Boston and shows pictures of Boston.


I love to run and know I'll have fun, but still....Am I wrong to be upset about this?

21 comments:

MCM Mama said...

I'd be pretty irritated too. I'm all about easy access to races, so I'd be upset that it was going to be a pain to get to. I'm sure you won't be the only one upset.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Nope, I would be a little upset too. It's like when they say flat and fast and then the course is totally hilly, it's just wrong and aggravating. But you are right, you will enjoy it. See ya later this week.

Meg said...

That's terrible and they are going to have a lot of angry runners on their hands...it seems like they are just taking advantage of the "Boston" locale. What can you do about this?

Marlene said...

That's definitely deceiving! I'm sure you won't be the only one upset - I know I would be.

J said...

i agree that is totally deceiving! I would be upset too! I wonder if contacting the race coordinators to try and get a resolution or maybe your money back if you don't want to run the race out in cow town.

Colleen said...

What the crap load? That is false advertising and I would demand your money back!

S Club Mama said...

it's false advertisement; of course you should be upset!

N.D. said...

That sounds ridiculous! I agree, it is false advertising! Call and get your money back!

runeatdatesleep said...

I'd be super annoyed!

runkerarun said...

I'm definitely annoyed! I first heard of the race before the course was announced, and was all excited about it. Then, like you, I saw the real course and was like UM NO! If they wanted to advertise it being where it is it wouldn't be a problem. But I figured it'd be similar to Run to Remember or something like that. I wanted to participate in this at first, but I think I'm definitely out now.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

agreed it's very misleading to get more registrants

Laura said...

I was totally gonna run that too-but now thats it's not in Boston-forget it!

Sarah said...

That would definitely piss me off. If it's not in Boston, why even call it that? You should write and complain.

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

That does not seem fair. I hope alot of people complain and they change it.

afragogrunner said...

That stinks! I registered for the one in Chicago. As soon as I read your post I opened a new tab to check the course of the race, for I also live in the city and it would not be convenient if it was in a suburb of Chicago. I got lucky, it's going to be on the Chicago lakefront path.

sunapeegirl said...

What! That race isn't in Boston!? I totally thought it was and was thinking about running it! I don't think that's wrong to be upset at all!
Do you know if the commuter rail can take you to Canton? I'm not sure...but I feel like it might?

Duarte Family said...

Good luck for the Boston Marathon. Hope you both have good times (you know what I mean....) Antony, Yvette, Tiago and Rafael - South Africa

Jill said...

Hum, not right at all!! They should bus you to the race start since it's not where they advertised! Start a protest..hehe.

Meg said...

HI!
My cell is 760-415-7498 PUBLIC INFO too, ahhh!
We'll be in at midnight tonight so I'll call you in the morning?
Thanks, so excited!
meg
email: lingfam@cox.net

Kelly said...

WHAT? Canton is no where near Boston! Definitely try the commuter rail!

Christy said...

That's a HUGE bummer! I just registered for this one! Maybe we can ride together and split the car? Let me know! It was great meeting you this weekend and good luck today!