1. I'm bound to offend someone by this post but I can't apologize for my blatant honesty, so feel free to leave your comments but understand that it won't change my opinion on this topic.
2. I really am grateful for the fact that I can run, and place in my age group...really, I am.
With that out of the way, I want to find out who ever ever ever ever thought it was a good idea to give away anything OTHER THAN a trophy for an age group win?
Seriously, who was it?
Because I would like to personally dedicate this blog post to them.
Two weeks ago I ran a 5k. And I PR'ed. And I knew that for the first time in my life, fairly and squarely, I placed first for my age group. FOR-THE-FIRST-TIME people. I was so excited to get yet another "piece of plastic" for my growing trophy case (yes, it's that particle board shelving system...that's my trophy case).
But then...right before the announcement of the awards...I noticed....that there weren't enough trophies sitting there for all the age groups...3 deep....but there were...oh no...really...it can't be...
Lovingly embroidered in festive red, white, and blue, probably by some local business owner who put their heartfelt time and energy into embroidering each and every age grouper cap.
Yes, it was those kind of caps.
And then the director of the race stands on her podium and explains to the crowd that her teenage daughter told her that only people who are 19 and below like trophies.
I almost choked on my Gatorade.
For real? Who is this teenage daughter and where is she?? We need to have a little chat.
Besides that, who in their right mind would listen to a teenager's opinion? Especially when it comes to something so delicate like race trophies???
I'm sorry. Hats are swell. Really, they are. But nothing...I mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G is better than having a
I mean, really, what is better than that?
So, to all you race directors and would-be-race-directors: don't cheat
Of course, I'm keeping the hat...lovingly displayed amongst my gold plated ponytails...so don't ask for it, cause you're not getting it.