Are IPODs permitted during the A1A run?
Last year there were plenty of us who had them. I know that the FAQs state that they are not permitted but I'm sure that was there last year too. A friend of mine ran the Miami one and they wore them. Again, on the site it stated that they we not permitted.
Hopefully someone will chime in with a more concrete answer. We can also ask when we pick up our packages.
I also used IPOD 2 weeks ago at AIG Miami Marathon......
Have NEVER had a problem.....
This is a fairly small event. And it will be dark for the first 1/2/ hour. Also this is FLORIDA...we have a pretty laid back and causal atmosphere.
Weather update as I live and train here...Be prepared for HUMIDITY! Weather forcast is predicting a pretty warm race on Sat. Low's 68 and high's 80. If accurate will be great running while dark but when that sun comes up (around 7:00ish will feel as if it is 80). Also, be prepared for a breeze off the ocean if there is any wind that day, again 5 MPH wind can feel like 35MPH.
See you at the finish line
More and more, races are being forced by USA Track and Field to enforce the no iPod rule. I'm working on organizing a local 5k in my town and asked what the deal was with the crackdown. Seems pretty ridiculous since the roads are closed, but the person at USATF said they have had some incidents where people have driven onto/through a closed course and runners have been hurt. One marathon (can't remember which one) actually reviewed video footage of the finish line and anyone they saw with headphones was DQ'd from that year's race and barred from the event in 2008.
I would ask around at the expo if they are doing anything like that and if they aren't, go for it.
If you ask, they are going to tell you that they are not allowed. They have to as it is a certified event. If you have ever been to any of the other events run by ESM, you would feel pretty comfortable running with your iPod. If you are really nervous about it, pull your earphones out when you are coming to the finish. It would, however, thoroughly surprise me if they enforce.
I also don't think it will be 80 by 7. The high is predicted for mid-80s, and highs usually hit in the afternoon. It will feel muggy for those who aren't used to it. I live on the beach and run the course everyday. The wind is generally out of the east, but there are some predictions that it will be still on Sunday.
How about we just live by these lines..."it's better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission."
I do not think it will be 80' at 7:00 AM either. My comment read "...when that sun comes up (around 7:00ish will feel as if it is 80..." I make this comment by considering the humidity and temp combo. Also, at ING Miami, 2 weeks ago,I witness ed many runners not prepared for the humidity and in a full sweat within the first mile and clothes (shirts) discarded throughout the course.
As for the breeze, I guess your are a better authority. as I do not live on the ocean. I do know that this morning there was virtually no wind but the very light breeze did feel stronger to me. But that's what I experience and just trying to help others.
Will keep to myself as I have always been "Zen" and just wanted to give this a try.
To all runners and supporters have a great experience and enjoy the run and day whatever the conditions.
I've been training in -20 degree Celcius, with lots of snow and ice (Canadian winter). It will be a pleasure running by the Ocean, although I am a bit concerned about adjusting to the temperature change. Good luck to all!
It was a problem for the cyclists who yelled from down below to move to one side. Those with Ipods cannot hear. Those with Ipods were told to move to the other lane, and they continued on their own track, without any regard for those who needed to get through. Thus, it is dangerous for all involved when some careless people are too busy listening to their music, certainly struggling to run, unaware of their surrounding and get in the way.
I saw an example of someone wearing there MP3 player with both earplugs in. One time the bicyclist with a Marathon wheelchair participant was needing to get by and she had to be pulled aside by another participant because she didn't hear the person asking her to move to the Right. The one who pulled her aside said you should really just put one earpiece in. She agreed and then not 5 minutes later another (with both earplugs in agan) 2 cyclists with another wheelchair came up and there was a motorcyclist with a video guy on the back. She was totally oblivious to them asking her to move and the motorcyclist went off the side of the roadway in the Birch State Park area. Just goes to show that some people just don't get it!!
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