October 16, 2010 by USA Post
Columbus Marathon, With the timepiece ticking speedy until Sunday Columbus Marathon, things were a little busy, both at work here at the Enquirer sports desk – but not as frantic as it could have been if things had been better go for the Reds – and at home, just doing things organized for the trip to Columbus, so I do not really have much time to indulge in one of my favorite past-marathon jitters.
No fear, fright are late fees.
The days leading up to a marathon, especially those involving travel – are a bit like sitting in the back seat of a roller coaster: You think you’re near the top of the first big hill, but what you do not realize is, you’re closer than you think: The train has already crested the hill and you’re already there.
The Columbus Marathon is one of my two marathons a year, the other, of course, be the Flying Pig. This year, however, the routine gets a bit of a shuffle, as Christopher Columbus made his debut a “corral” the system. Naturally, the name “corral” has a rather negative connotation – that makes us all feel, well, cattle. But the aim, of course, is to make riders begin an orderly manner, with the first one goes faster and is the slowest of departure and the last of us at various points in between.
It has been my experience where I saw corrals used before, they serve mainly to punish those of us who are “honest” and reward Scofflaws starting as far as they can – they should walk the rows of others, creating nasty bottlenecks. But Columbus is well managed, so I’ll assume they know what they do and effectively put us in our own pens.
But the word “corral” are not the mind wander – I mean, they’ll have a group of volunteers vigilant to ensure that everyone is good in their enclosure, which of course conjures up visions of the OK Corral.
And then there’s this: Race organizers say that we are assigned to our different pens according to hours spent marathon (or other race for the uninitiated) and all this should be indicated on the color-coded number to go to our pen color coded. The elite runners start first, the very, very quickly people – 3:30 sub – next departure, the group 3:30 to 4:30, my people, the next step, followed by 4:30 to 5:30, then it 5:30 above people.
Now, I do not know what colors are, but another could be to assign pens to people based on the amount they eat after the marathon. If this were the case, I color code would be easy to determine – I’ll definitely be in it, the Golden Corral:
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