ChrisL wrote:HCcD wrote:Jwolf wrote:deerdree wrote:Jwolf wrote:Joe Dwarf wrote:Well it's gaming the system but I wouldn't go so far as to call it banditing - they paid their fees didn't they?Jwolf wrote:ChrisL wrote:I've talked to one runners who mentionned that people were taking their timing chip off so to not be tracked to be able to get in next year.
Wow- you mean they ran but officially deferred? That's crappy (and essentially banditting)
They deferred, though, in order to maintain their spot for next year. That means they DNSed.
i guess it depends on your definition of banditing (and i suppose this situation is pretty unusual). a quick search google says "A bandit in a race is any person that runs the course and makes use of the race support but has not paid for the right to be there". by that definition, as joe dwarf said, they're not bandits because they paid to be there and they'll pay to be there again next year.
(not that i agree with what they did, at all - i just wouldn't technically call it banditing).
If banditing isn't the word, they we need a slimier one.
If this indeed the case, and a lot of them, it will be interesting to see what the RD will do about it ... If anyone who had officially deferred their registration to 2013, and happens to wear their bib and cross the finish line, or not ... and happen to have gotten a photo of themselves taken, they could probably do some some sort of search to match and DQ/BAN them for 2013 ....
The easiest solution would be to ask people to send their bib back with the chip to BAA, no bib, no pass.