Road Race Stats - Marathons & Other Running Races

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Train Tracks and Marathons Don't Mix

The Quad Cities Marathon last Sunday had an unfortunate problem: two trains interrupted the race for several runners. The marathon course happened to cross some railroad tracks, and the train officials failed to cooperate with the race officials. Apparently, this frustrated the race director so much that he actually parked his pace truck on the tracks that went across the course at around mile 22. This forced the train to stop and allowed the runners to finish without interference. It also caused a lot of commotion with the train's engineer. Luckily, the train was able to stop. I guess it was going slow enough or had a small enough load that it was able stop. I've heard that it can take a train thousands of feet for it to make a complete stop.


  • That totally sucks. When I ran Myrtle Beach this past spring, about 2 or 3 big touring buses cut infront of a number of runners which broke their stride. Luckily, I was far enough behind not to be affected. Here is the Race Report and it happened around mile 9.

    Have you seen marathonguide's new map? Check it out, it is pretty cool. I'm writing a short blurb about it right now on my running blog

    By Blogger PLANET3RRY, at 6:21 AM  

  • Thanks for the info about the new marathonguide map. That is a useful tool.

    By Blogger Ken, at 6:51 AM  

  • Ken, just a shout to ya. I posted a link to you today. :)

    By Blogger Mark I., at 12:29 PM  

  • Thanks for the plug. :-)

    By Blogger Ken, at 3:35 PM  

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