A couple friends ran the St. Charles Marathon this past weekend. Or at least attempted. It was cancelled after 10 miles due to flooding.
A friend of mine several weeks ago attempted Pikes Peak and it was cancelled due to weather.
Several friends of mine attempted Ironman Kansas in August (a Half Ironman) and it was cancelled due to weather.
One of my friends attempted ALL THREE of these! Three races in a row and DNF'ed due to no fault of his own.
Now here is my question. Is it okay to take a medal for something you did not finish? Even if it was at no fault of your own.
I say no. It's not okay. You didn't finish. It doesn't matter how close you were.
At St. Charles they gave everyone half marathon medals. Well...they didn't finish a half marathon. I don't care if it felt like you ran 13. You only ran 10. For me...the medal would have gone in the trash. And everyone knows how much of a medal whore I am so that is saying a lot.
Pike's Peak...from what I remember, they did get above the half marathon point, so I see half marathon medals being given out. Fine. I would have kept that-IF it were a half marathon medal and I covered 13.1 miles.
IMKS...they gave out medals to people who didn't finish. Medal...again would have been in the trash. Again, if you didn't finish-you shouldn't get a medal.
I know a lot of work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears went into all of this training. We all put a lot into our training and it really sucks if we are not able to finish-especially when something is out of our control. And add in the fact that for some of these races, people have thrown a lot of money into it as well traveling cross country to get to a race (airfare, hotel, rental car and whatever else it takes). I understand all of that. And it sucks. But buck up...get that next race lined up and finish that one. Unless you're Rick who can't seem to get a break!
Am I the only one that thinks this way? I would really like to hear what others have to say, what they think on this and the reasoning behind it.