You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: What Happened at the NYRR Mini 10k
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early made myself a cup of coffee, put on my race gear, and headed outside to meet up with Jess. We jogged two miles to the start of the New York Road Runner’s Mini 10k (an all women’s race). During our warm-up we discussed our disdain for the 6.2 mile distance and our expectations for the race.
When Jess and I arrived in our corral, I was really questioning why I had signed up. I had even considered fleeing my corral to just take a nice run along the bridle path. You see the corral was so packed that not everyone assigned to the corral could fit inside.
We decided to backup and join our friend Melissa in the corral just behind us. As we chatted about our claustrophobia and desires to leave the race something appalling happened…
I felt something wet spray my right leg and then I heard a stream of liquid hitting the ground. I turned to my right only to see that the “water” was urine. A woman in our corral decided to pull her shorts out of the way so she could urinate on the ground. She did the nasty deed without apology. She simply acted as though this act was totally normal.
Appalled and in shock, we just stood there unable to utter a word.
As upset as I was, I felt even worse for the woman who was wedged into the crowd directly behind her who started the race with a shoe drenched in urine.
In retrospect, I can’t believe we didn’t say anything. I think it was one of those moments when you just simply don’t even know what to say.
We’ve emailed NYRR to let them know about the incident with the hopes that this won’t happen to anyone else.
Tell me, what would you have done in this situation?