The Annapolis Half Marathon is not one I plan to participate in again. I'll explain the negative aspects of the race as they happened and also as participants were explained to post race. First, the race lost a mile due to bad course markings. There was supposed to be a turn up and down a street on the way back, but there were cars there and a volunteer holding them back. When I got to the end of the half marathon, my friend who had been volunteering said there was talk that they didn't have enough half marathon medals or shirts in the proper sizes. She was working medals so she held on to one for a friend doing her first half marathon because that deserves a medal. The entire post-race tent area was disorganized and the staff was so focused on getting participants in line for our oysters. Not even knowing if I like oysters, I just wanted water, and my shirt, and I got the runaround to even get those.
A day or so after the race, the RDs wrote a message on Facebook apologizing for the missed mile and other shortcomings of the day. But they had the audacity to blame the holiday leave of the Midshipmen of the United States Military Academy in Annapolis. The race was Veteran's Day weekend; it didn't just sneak up on the calendar. And my volunteer friend? She had zero communication with anyone even though she just signed up to volunteer, and she jumped in to make herself useful.