The All-Star 5k race Sunday morning had problems at the beginning and the end.
The start was held up for at least eight minutes while speeches and
introductions were made. That was a big mistake. All of the
speechifying should have been done before the scheduled 7:30 a.m.
start on a warm, semi-muggy morning.
Several thousand runners were lined up before the start - then had to
stand in the heat while the delays went on. That hurt the elite
runners, who were warmed up and ready to go - and it hurt many other
runners sandwhiched in the narrow, gate-lined areas in the 80-degree
Then, at the end, the narrow finishing chute and the large crowd of
runners coming in after the 30- to 40-minute marks created a backlog
at the end. Several runners complained about it, one saying he had to
walk at least the last minute as people were straggling in across the
crowded finish line.
Organizers tried to get people to leave the finish line area and turn
east up toward Sprint Center. But the crowd was too big.