You have to be at least a little crazy to sign-up for a marathon or half-marathon in general, never mind signing-up to run one of these babies during one of the coldest months of the winter in New England. The Hyannis Half-Marathon, which takes place annually in February, is a fantastic road race that Ross and I have run a few times. Ross’ grandmother and aunt live right in Hyannis, so we have a free place to stay on the Cape, great company to visit, and it’s always a nice little motivation to get out there and keep running despite the weather in the weeks leading up to it.
That was in the past though. Remember the good old days, when snowstorms meant 10 inches, not feet? Back in the day when you had the option to run on a treadmill when the weather was too bad to run outside. You might hate the treadmill, but you at least had this option because you could still get to the gym to get on that damn treadmill, because the MBTA was running and the gym was open. This winter did not just shut down runners and their gyms, it shut down the whole city. It also, unfortunately shut down the Hyannis Half Marathon for the first time since 1994.
In my 10 years of running road races, this was the first time a race I was signed-up for was cancelled. I guess that’s not a bad ‘track’ record (running joke). I also, due to the weather craziness, did not go crazy training for this. I can’t remember the last time I ran longer than 6 miles at time. Still, I’ve been somewhat looking forward to this freezing cold, difficult distance event – it’s been way too long since I’ve challenged myself physically in a race, and I actually did want a reason to force myself to be outdoors breathing in fresh air for more than 2 hours.
What hurts even more is getting burned on those entry fees! I get that they have already dedicated time, money and resources into making the even work up until the last minute. I’m sure that the agreement I signed upon entry stated ‘no refunds’ – still the fact that I lost over $100 (from both mine and Ross’ entries) due to the fact that the event was cancelled really sucks. They did offer a $15 discount off another race in their series, but honestly $15 isn’t that much of an incentive and I think it’s too soon to be promoting your other events while simultaneously telling me you aren’t refunding me for the current one. I read this as “We are keeping your money and you get nothing in return, but don’t worry, you can give us more money!” Thats about as logical as signing-up for a distance event in Hyannis in February 😉 I guess they know their audience.
I’m still feeling half-crazy though, and I look forward to signing-up for another race, preferably in a tropical climate, soon.