It’s feeling like a BAMM kinda day. My apologies, but sometimes things just have to be said.
I’ll get it all out today and then the rest of the week will be sunshine, roses, giveaways and hopefully some miles. Ahem.
Today I have two words for you:
I’m not sure why this is so hard to do in our society.
Please. Thank you. Have a nice day.
Easy concepts, no?
My 3-year-old even knows when these phrases are appropriate.
Yet runners sometimes forget. Or don’t care. Or feel like they don’t have to use common courtesy because they paid $XXX for a race and can make their own rules up on the course.
Y’all. Please stop. (See? I said please.)
This all stems from the post-Tower 10-Miler discussions.
A quick recap: this years race has been deemed “best ever!” and “practically perfect!”
You NEVER hear this after a runDisney event.
Usually the post-race moaning and groaning takes over and people forget why they run Disney in the first place.
It’s magical, dang it!
It was a breath of fresh air to read all the positives this year and I’m happy to see that last year was not a fluke.
This race just keeps getting better.
Thank you, runDisney, for listening to runner feedback and continuing to be awesome.
All was rosy and bright in Facebook world until… dun dun dun… the evil Balloon Ladies were mentioned.
If you are a regular reader, you know I happen to dig these ladies.
You stay ahead of them, you stay off the SAG bus. Done and Done.
The big balloons they race with are visual signs for us back of the pack runners. The balloons say “Move it or lose it, sister!”
My personal goal is to never be close enough to see this message!
However, I am grateful they exist. And I know I’m not alone.
So it really chaps my hide when people cannot remember one simple thing about these ladies: they are volunteers.
They are not runDisney or Walt Disney World employees. They are simply runners who volunteer to pace the last runners across the finish.
Via Facebook, I witnessed runners complaining.
The Balloon Ladies weren’t encouraging.
They weren’t nice.
They were yelling at us.
So the runners cussed at them and yelled back.
There is never, ever, EVER any reason for a runner to cuss out a volunteer.
If you don’t like what they are saying, keep moving and address it with someone who actually gets paid to hear complaints.
Volunteers: I love you.
You perform important services that allow us to come to Walt Disney World and race.
We can’t be out on the course without you.
Please come back and do it again. Thank you. And have a nice day.
As far as the Balloon Ladies are concerned, hey, here’s some news: they aren’t the race course psychiatrists. They aren’t there to make sure you get across the finish and have a healthy ego and id.
They are VOLUNTEERS who pace at a 16-minute mile. That is the sum total of their “job”.
If you need encouragement on the course, get a #BRF or a coach. But the balloon ladies are not the folks you need to count on to pull you through.
What did they say that upset a few runners? It’s shocking, I know, but it went like this:
“You are at risk of being picked up. You need to be in front of us in order to remain on the course.”
Hmmmm…. I don’t know. It sounds like…. well, good information to have if you are a back of the pack runner.
What’s the problem here?
I’ll admit it: if I saw those balloons passing me things would get pretty ugly. Possibly some 4 letter words running through my head and even escaping my lips.
Okay, they would be flying.
Yep. I know it.
But those derogatory words would be directed at MYSELF and certainly NOT at the volunteer who is giving me important information pertaining to my race.
If I’m at risk of being swept it’s due to my own failure to train or failure to keep an eye on the clock or failure to maintain the proper fitness levels. My fault. Certainly NOT the balloon lady’s fault.
Let’s be polite out there, ok?
Please, runners, remember your manners.
And, hey, Have a Nice Day!
Have you ever volunteered? What kind of manners did you encounter with runners?
Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com