When Rock’n’Roll took over National Marathon, everyone wondered what the changes would be. Will the race be better managed? Will parking be easier? Will it be more fun with bands on the course? Will aid stations be better stocked?
We won’t know the answers until race day. But one change that has many runners frustrated is that they are required to pick up their bibs in person. This means that you cannot have a friend pick up your bib but MUST goÂ to the Armory yourself and pick it up. From the race web site:
All runners (including each Relay Team member) must visit the expo to pick up their own race number, swag bag and t-shirt.
- Dates:Â Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16
- Location:Â DC Armory at 2001 East Capitol Street, S.E. Washington D.C., 20003
- Expo Hours
- Thursday, 12:00pm-7:00pm
- Friday 10:00am-7:00pm
The National Marathon always allowed bib pickup for others, as long as you had a copy of their photo ID. Some years I had my bib picked up, other years I went down and picked up for fellow runners.
It saved time. It saved money. Heck, it saved the environment since, instead of several people driving down individually, one person could drive. And it made sense. BUT – it also meant fewer people at the expo.
And this is the only explanation I can find for Rock’n’Roll requiring that each runner show up in person: to make money. More bodies = more people buying stuff at the expo.
Rock’n’Roll does not allow bib transfers, either. Did National Marathon allow them? I don’t recall.
Are you running Rock’n’Roll USA? Is the new packet pickup requirement going to cause a problem for you?
I’d like to know your thoughts on these changes.Â