Sunlight dancing in her runner’s medal, Lindsay Weber was full of triumph Saturday morning.
“It’s all so surreal right now,” she said, having just been named winner in her age group at the Marietta 5K. “I want to thank my family for their overwhelming support. It was over before I knew it.”
Actually, it never started. Although the race had been delayed for two hours due to the weather, the roads’ stubborn refusal to thaw in time for the pushed-back start time forced the cancellation of the charity race at the last minute. So there was nothing to do but hand out prizes anyway.
“This is the only race I’ll ever win,” said Libby Spencer, one of the many – and we mean many – “winners” at the hastily re-named No-Run.
Added Marie Khan,” This is the most fun I’ve ever had at a race.”
Not everyone agreed. Angry comments on the race’s Facebook page criticized the decision to cancel so close to race time, and many want it to be rescheduled. It’s unclear whether that can happen, and refunds are unlikely. A statement from the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, which organized the race, thanked registrants for their support, noting race fees support local charities.
Even the disappointed sounded understanding.
“I am sad that the race had to be cancelled but it was for the best,” wrote Ginny Rogers. “I know the money goes to a good cause (and) hope it can be rescheduled but I know how hard that can be. Glad to be able to donated to a great charitable organization even if i did not get to run.”