Aka – how Asics screwed up my plan for the year
I apologize for the rant that is going to follow, I try to avoid sounding like a crazy person but sometimes situations get so frustrating that you need to vent, and I have this platform to do it! So if you don’t want to read my venting, feel free to go about your daily business and wait until Monday’s regularly scheduled posting.
Part of my fitness journey has been to challenge myself, I can’t remember if it was late December or possibly earlier, but my goal for 2016 was to complete a half marathon each quarter of the year, with 5k’s and 10k’s here and there for good measure. Not only to complete them, but to improve my time with each race.
In January I completed the Rebel Challenge at Disneyland – 10k on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. I not only completed them, but got a personal record in the half. Next up was the Asics Vine Body and Sole half marathon in May and up until a week or so ago, it was the race I was the most excited about. I had posted about on Facebook multiple times and had even tweeted about it.
This race was going to finish in my hometown of Calistoga. My friends and family were going to be able to meet me at the finish, I knew the area, I had a general idea of what the course would be. My hope was to be at my goal weight by then, and to finish with another personal record to celebrate losing what will be 50 pounds in 7 months. I will still hit my goal weight by then, this was just going to be a great way to celebrate that milestone! This was also the most expensive race I had ever signed up for, and that includes the two Run Disney events I have run.
This was so much more than just a race, it was my way to celebrate my personal accomplishments, in my hometown, with people I love there to witness it.
My excitement changed to disappointment when the course got changed. The race now still started in St. Helena but was now a loop that started at one winery and ended at a neighboring one. Not only that, but the flat course now had a pretty decent hill at mile 10 which was going to make it difficult to improve my time. To add insult to injury, with the road closures that will have to be in effect, it was going to be very difficult for my friends and family to meet me at the finish. But I was still going to do it, I had made a promise to myself that I would complete 4 half marathons this year, and I wasn’t going to let myself down.
That all changed yesterday when I found out that not only had the course changed, so had the packet pick up time. I had planned on leaving work an hour early to get there in time to enjoy the expo and pick up my packet, but now to do that I would have to leave work 3 hours early just to make sure I could get there in time to get my packet! Or, I could pay $50 to pick up my packet on race day.
This was the last straw for me. The race experience I had signed up for no longer exists, and I am done. With this many changes happening this close to race day, what was going to happen between now and race day?!?! All I want at this point is a refund of my money.
So I told them via their Facebook event page that I wanted my money back and promptly got on the website for the race to do the same. I sent an email which was promptly returned as apparently it didn’t work. I found a form on the website and sent the following request for my refund:
When I signed up for this race, I was signing up for a race that went from St. Helena to Calistoga, was flat and had a packet up that I could get to if I left work in Healdsburg an hour early.