I reported previously on the high entry fee for the New York City Marathon.
Well, needless to say, I’m still bothered, steamed, hot under the collar, got a bee in my bonnet, and in a tizzy over the whole damn thing. So much so that I protested the high New York Marathon fee ($255, or $9.73 per mile!) by not entering this year (actually I never entered before and never planned to enter anyway, but it’s the principle of the thing, am I right?)
First, in order to lend some perspective, I spent long hours of research -- or at least a few minutes surfing the web -- to find that Boston charges only $150 for their marathon! You say that’s not a fair comparison because you have to qualify for Boston? Fine. Go west young man and see that the Chicago Marathon also charges $150 for their 26.2 mile run through the windy city, and last I checked no one has to qualify for that one! Same with the LA Marathon ($155), whose organizers found a way to provide safety, security, and all that other stuff to runners for $100 less than New York!
I know what you’re thinking: the race's organizers, the New York Road Runners (i.e., the 1%), couldn’t care less about some obscure runner from the back woods of Pennsylvania with a chip on his shoulder (i.e., the 99%) who decides not to enter their hallowed race. You may be right, so to that I say . . . OCCUPY! Yep, forget Wall Street. We (you and me, that is) are going to occupy Columbus Circle beginning this week through the day of the marathon to show our displeasure at the high entry fee.
Just imagine the suckers, I mean runners, coming from all over the country to the Big Apple having paid their $255 (and don’t forget that $5 “transaction fee”) and seeing hundreds, dare I say thousands, of protesters occupying Columbus Circle at the very spot where those runners were supposed to be entering Central Park for the final miles of the race. We’ll be famous. We’ll be on the national news. We’ll go without showers for days and get maced . . . . but enough of the fun part. So, who’s with me?