The Race That Was A Hot Mess- A Response To RAM Racing

Dear RAM Racing,

I emailed you a whole host of concerns yesterday after the hot mess that was the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in DC.  I’m not holding my breath for a response from you, but I have some issues with your apology or lack there of.  Good for you for having 10 years of experience putting on races and having 100 ‘flawless’ races in the past- friends of mine who’ve run the Chicago Hot Chocolate 15K/5K beg to differ for the past few years, but that’s another story.

In your apology, you essentially blame everyone but yourself.  You take absolutely zero accountability for things that were well within your control.  The race was far to big for 20,000 runners and should have been capped well before that.  Having a race at a place with no metro access is beyond stupid for a place like DC (take a look at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run, the Suntrust Marathon/ Half Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, the Army 10 Miler just to name a few- all are located within walking distance to the subway).  How you handled race day parking was beyond ridiculous.  One lane of traffic in? Are you serious?  And the fact that parking was oversold, parking passes weren’t checked and you never followed your own rules for who should have been let into the parking lots.

You also blame traffic on accidents occurring on the highways leading into the National Harbor.  All the media outlets I checked (news stations, MDOT, etc) have no record of any accidents in the vicinity of the race, nothing on Facebook, Twitter or that showed up on the day of the race.  You provide no record yourself of where the accidents happened and more than a few people have disputed your so called accidents.

Runner safety was by no means looked at in this race.  I’m not sure who’s idea it was to have runners on 2 lanes of a 3 lane portion of highway with traffic in the 3rd lane going 55 miles an hour, but it compromised runner safety in a huge way.  Additionally, a bike and running path for 20,000 people with one side that was stone and another that was a 10 foot drop into the Harbor?  I’m not buying the narrow start leads to a narrow course.

I’m not asking for a refund. Why? Because I’ll never be running one of your races again.  You dropped the ball on this race for me and unfortunately for you, you only get one first impression with me and it was a nightmare.  Make a mistake once, shame on you; make the same mistake twice, shame on me.  I’ll take my money elsewhere to a race that can deliver what they promise.  Your race was a hot mess and an epic fail.

Sincerely,

Christine

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6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

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