Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Curious- What Would You Do If........

I am in NEED of some helpful thoughts/hints/comments whatever you want to call it.

What would you do if yours (and several others) results were published wrong from your local 5k?


Maybe I am being a baby and/or pain about this BUT I am disappointed when I try so hard and take great pride in my results to see the wrong thing published in my local newspaper and web site that my family and friends keep up with me on!

I know some of the race directors personally so I am trying not to upset anyone or anything but I did post on their facebook page about the results being wrong. Their first response was to blame the newspaper so I left a comment on the papers site asking them who was wrong, the one I know personally responded with this:

Bobbie. As we explained in our post on the Lions Club's Facebook page, we deliver the race bibs in order along with the split time print-out from the official race computer to the A-M immediately following the race. While we obviously try to avoid any errors, we struggle to keep people in proper finishing order in the shoot, to actually tear off their bibs, and to not come through the shoot 2 or 3 times with friends or family. The A-M has the difficult task of reading the writing of the participant's names on the bibs, as well as creating a time sheet 230+ lines long. Not to make excuses, but it's not as easy as it looks for either of us and this is the perfect example of why larger, more competitive events incorporate GPS tracking systems. At the end of the day, the race is organized and managed entirely by Harrodsburg Likns Club members, not track and field coaches, and we try our best to provide a fun event for everyone. The funds raised by this and our previous 5K events have provided thousands of dollars of aid and assistance to the Harrodsburg community, and that's the big story here. Once again, I hope you accept our sincerest apologies and trust in the fact they were unintentional and we will try out Brest to avoid them in our future events!

**I copied this directly from their comment! Not my typo's**

 
PLEASE don't get me wrong I am VERY THANKFUL these events have provided aid and assistance to my community and I have never ran/organized a 5k myself or know the ins and outs of doing so BUT I don't understand why so many results were wrong between numbers 22- 35 including mine! In fact the 5k coming up this weekend has almost twice as many entries and have never to my knowledge have such a problem and they come up with the results the same way!
 
I was advised on the facebook page in which they have published pictures that show the proper finishes that the times would be and had been corrected before they was sent to any other sites that list the results HOWEVER as I was searching them today the same WRONG results were published!! Looks like one of my favorite "Serres" races is quickly becoming one of my least favorites:(
 
So How would you handle this? Drop it and let it go or try to get it corrected?? Tell me what you think!!

7 comments:

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

it sounds like they are genuinely sorry and while it does stink to have the wrong time out there.. you know the truth and you have this great forum to post your true time and full race report.

hopefully they will get the numbers corrected, but if this is the first time it's happened to you at one of their races I would let it go

Penny said...

I understand where you are coming from. My experience was with my son. My son got a sholarship from school. The paper put it in the paper as daughter of mike and penny instead of son of mike and penny. I was not happy and when I seen her told her she made a mistake. She said she would correct in the next issue, of course it never got done. I just had to let it go other wise I was going to drive myself nuts. Good luck with whatever you decide. I really do understand.

Caroline said...

I tend to agree with Amanda...I would be frustrated with this but in the end you know the truth. I have had 2 results that were incorrect...one from Disney and another one..I got emails to confirm the results were wrong but on the website it was never corrected...

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

Over 200+; they need to not cheap out. They need timing tags. Come on already - get in the year 2012 already!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Mistakes happen in even the best of races. I know an experienced race director who was talking to me after a race I was misdirected in. He said every race has a mishap. They aim to not have problems but inherently, there is always one. You know the truth, you can tell the truth to family and friends, and they will understand.

Crystal said...

The results were off from the PRC 5K too. Anna and I finished at the same time but in the paper it has that she was 3 minutes faster than I was. I wouldn't worry about it. If you keep it for a memento, just make a side note that it was incorrect. If not, then only the people that matter would know that it was wrong and that's what matters most.

Courtney said...

that really stinks, i'm sorry that happened to you. i'd be frustrated too.