Greater Louisville Classic 2015 - A few observations.
10/04/2015 1:23:40 PM
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Just a few observations on Friday's race. The elementary races on Friday were very unorganized. There was no official starting line or lanes marked. The runners got a spot in between two cones on a first come first serve basis. The start area was also extremely crowded with spectators standing around the starting stretch while the teams were trying to warm up. This area should have been clear for the runners. The course was not well defined. There were constantly spectators on the course impeding runners, especially towards the finish of the 3k. The finish was a mess. The finish chute was moved to the 3k area before the 2k open was completed leaving the last runners with no official place to finish. Once runners did get to the chute they were recorded by a guy using paper and pencil, in the rain. A lot of numbers were written incorrectly. The split lines in the chute were also causing a lot of problems with runners moving up ahead of other runners who finished before them. Chip or other more accurate timing should have been used. We still don't have all of the elementary results posted. With the elementary races being charged per runner, and some teams paying $300 - $400 in registration fees, it just seemed like our races were funding for the older races and nothing more. With the level of prep that is put into the races on Saturday and the reputation that The Greater Louisville Classic has we were expecting a lot more prep put into the elementary races.
Just a few observations on Friday's race.

The elementary races on Friday were very unorganized.

There was no official starting line or lanes marked. The runners got a spot in between two cones on a first come first serve basis. The start area was also extremely crowded with spectators standing around the starting stretch while the teams were trying to warm up. This area should have been clear for the runners.

The course was not well defined. There were constantly spectators on the course impeding runners, especially towards the finish of the 3k.

The finish was a mess. The finish chute was moved to the 3k area before the 2k open was completed leaving the last runners with no official place to finish. Once runners did get to the chute they were recorded by a guy using paper and pencil, in the rain. A lot of numbers were written incorrectly. The split lines in the chute were also causing a lot of problems with runners moving up ahead of other runners who finished before them. Chip or other more accurate timing should have been used.

We still don't have all of the elementary results posted.

With the elementary races being charged per runner, and some teams paying $300 - $400 in registration fees, it just seemed like our races were funding for the older races and nothing more.

With the level of prep that is put into the races on Saturday and the reputation that The Greater Louisville Classic has we were expecting a lot more prep put into the elementary races.
10/05/2015 11:06:27 PM
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@CoachConroy Hopefully you saw the apology from Coach Horan to all the Elementary teams. Last minute additions from NC and SC due to the hurricane really messed things up. Should be fixed for next year.
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Hopefully you saw the apology from Coach Horan to all the Elementary teams. Last minute additions from NC and SC due to the hurricane really messed things up. Should be fixed for next year.
10/07/2015 11:19:44 AM
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@CoachMark I did and it was appreciated. I have spoken with Coach Horan about some things for next year and have no doubt that the elementary division will be much improved over this year and will become a great race going forth.
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I did and it was appreciated. I have spoken with Coach Horan about some things for next year and have no doubt that the elementary division will be much improved over this year and will become a great race going forth.

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