Ask the Race Director – Stadium to the Sea 2.0


Recently I was listening to KCRW interviewing author Barry Eisler about his latest book. During the interview it was revealed that Eisler is a stickler about authenticity and has created a mistakes page on his website that details any mistakes he and/or his readers identified. This started me thinking that I‘d like to do something similar. Being human we’re certainly capable of failing, and I have to admit I made some doozies in 2010. But, we’ve identified many of the areas that need improvement, and wanted you all to know what we’re working on.

Stadium to the Sea 2.0

Many years ago I worked on triathlons here in California and we were always trying to create a better way to allow both participants and spectators the ability to watch the start and see some of the different divisional front runners. The spectators could always see the athletes come into and out of the transitions, but not the participants. So I thought if I did a loop around the Stadium it would allow regular participants to witness the male and female elites run by them, the wheel chair and hand cycles, and so on.

It was a nice idea, but it didn’t work for a number of reasons. One, either you were inside or outside of the loop; two, by having the loop we eliminated all the parking inside the route, and three; it blocked access to folks wanting to go inside the Stadium and stretch on the outfield grass before the race started. It was a nice idea, but it didn’t work. We did review the road width and net gain and loss of the loop. Ironically it was about 25% less than the start of the NYC Marathon. Nonetheless, they’ll be no loop around the Stadium in 2011.

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to address, please click the ‘Leave a Comment’ link below. I won’t guarantee that we’ll post your comments, but we will read all of them.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll post these notes about once a week. Certainly no more, in my goal of sharing what we’re doing to fix the mistakes from 2010, and what we’re doing to make the 2011 race the best it can possibly be.

Nick Curl

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015