Mike Sohaskey’s recent article in RaceRaves makes a lot of sense. He argues “don’t expect or demand a refund if your race gets canceled; in most cases this just isn’t a realistic expectation. But do be patient, and do be kind to your race director.” He further states that “empathy costs you nothing, and a little goes a long way.”
In my opinion, those are words to live by, especially these days, when there’s no “playbook” for what to do when a global pandemic turns the world upside down.
The purpose of his post is to give runners a sense for what to expect when their race is cancelled and how to help both themselves and event organizers navigate these “uncharted waters.” The key is to understand that none of this is the race organizer’s fault.
At the end of his post, Mike adds some other recommendations for “paying it forward.” I love the idea of volunteering at a local food bank. My family and I did this, this week. The number of people needing assistance is skyrocketing, so volunteering to pack meals and unpack donated food at the food bank is critical. Here’s the complete post on RaceRaves.