|Photo courtesy Dr. Norm Lewis @ bikeprof.com|
That's master man in the middle. The dazed look on my face represents some of the tomfoolery I noted on the course, related to massive course cutting by a substantial portion of the field.
|Here's my Garmin watch shot of the course. Note opera house, on the north end of the cove to the left of our route.|
On some sections, the road would sweep to the left or right and hundreds of runners would jam through sidewalk or market areas to take a short line into the next turn. On another occasion we had an out and back section; many runners turned back prior to the final marking cone. I was nearly steamrolled going to the final cone and making an official turn back.
I have read reports that it's also an issue in European ultrarunning. As a matter of fact, many in other cultures believe the shortest distance between two points is fine and acceptable.
I ran a 1:59, nothing to write home about. What ever the time, I do want an "official" finish. I'm racing for personal pride; pulling up a few hundred yards short of 13.1 does matter.
What's your opinion on this phenomenon?