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“Lead, follow or get (the hell) out of the way.” –Thomas Paine

NOTE: Read all the way through for a very helpful race hint that you won’t find in any other book or guide!

Traffic Jam.

It’s like this, but minus the cars.

Today I feel the need to bitch a little, specifically about something that a certain group of racers does. I don’t know if it’s out of naivety, ignorance or simply not caring about your fellow runner (I suspect a little of all of them).

I’m talking about the “walking wall.” This is not the wall you hit when you bonk in a race. This is far far more frustrating.

This is when 4, 5 or 6 racers (almost always walkers) create a massive wall right in the middle of the course and move along at a snail’s pace, forcing the entire race to go around them. It happens occasionally in full marathons, more often in half marathons but this plague is quickly reaching pandemic proportions at 10Ks.

Am I overreacting? I mean, how bad can it be?

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