NO ELECTRONIC LISTENING DEVICES OF ANY KIND – THAT
MEANS, NO WATCHES, NO IPHONES, NO IPODS, NO MUSIC
The reason for doing this is two-fold. The spirit of the Summer Series is to run your race without any outside influences as to your pace. That is why watches are outlawed. With the advent of technology, there are many devices that provide the runner with time and pace; therefore, to be fair to all, we are banning all listening devices for this 5k event. Also, there is a distinct safety issue. This event can get crowded and part of it is on single track trail. There are persons of all abilities on the course and participants overtaking those in front of them. Therefore, to ensure the safety of all participants listening devices are banned for this event.
Any participant using a listening device or wearing a watch will be disqualified.
We will have a collection box at the start line with tags to designate owners of devices that we will hold for the duration of the event, or you may leave your device in your car.
BTC will not be responsible for lost or stolen devices.
I am not a fan of listening to music in a race and it does make things unsafe however many of you say you can not run without them.
As far as people using listening devices to cheat, I think this is a non-issue as well. Sure a few might do it but it has been my observation over the years that many do not know how to operate the devices properly and they are not that accurate. Lastly, most people are really bad at pacing themselves especially in a 5k handicap style race.