When I first learned about the Rebel Race coming to Maryland (thanks to a Facebook ad), John and I were uber excited about participating in a muddy run. This has been on our list of things to do and we thought it would be super fun as my first post-baby race.
I am (happy) to report that John and I are taking a “Did Not Start” and bailing on today’s race.
So I bet you’re wondering why…
I’ve been keeping an eye on the Rebel Race Facebook page and became worried about race conditions after reading reviews from the New Jersey race in April. Many posts were about lack of water on the course, unsafe obstacles, and over all disorganization. I thought to myself that maybe this race location was a fluke and continued to keep my eye on the page.
The Central Texas race was up next. More disappointing and often down right scary reviews came flooding in. The problems that occurred in NJ were still occurring in TX. It was at this point that John and I started preparing for a DNS. We were not about to put ourselves in an unsafe situation, especially considering all the arrangements that would require us to participate in this event in the first place (regarding Xander).
A few days ago I visited the page again, hoping to capture some screenshots of comments and questions I posted during a conversation with a disappointed participant. Everything was deleted. I scanned the page further and many people were complaining how their posts were deleted as well and that nothing was being done to address the situation. If you search hard enough on the Facebook page you can find only minimal complaints due to Rebel Race’s deletion.
John and I are 100% confident in our decision to accept a DNS and throw our money down the drain. I also kind of feel stupid for registering us for a race that I had never heard of (live and learn, right?) When we do participate in a muddy run it will definitely be a reputable one like the Warrior Dash of Tough Mudder.
What would you have done in this situation? Have you ever accepted a DNS?