Making Up for Lost Races

It’s amazing how exciting such a boring form response can be!

You know how they say, “You’ll never regret the times you went out and ran, but you will regret the times you didn’t,” or something to that effect? It’s the same thing with races. The Austin marathon was this past Sunday. I wish I’d run it. There was a 1/2 marathon about a month ago. I wish I’d run that, too. And the same for the dozens of 5k’s and 10k’s since the new year. Today, I took a step toward making up for lost races.

I registered for the Chicago Marathon.

I used to live in Chicago and a couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine that still lives there. I was saying it would be cool to visit her, and heck, maybe do the marathon. For whatever reason, I thought it was already sold out. But then I looked it up and saw that registration didn’t open until February. So there was a chance…

I kept it in the back of my mind. On Monday, February 18, I popped back onto the site and saw registration would open at noon, on Tuesday, February 19. Tomorrow!

So on Tuesday, February 19, I parked myself in front of my computer at 11:30 and noodled around on the interwebs, waiting. Once noon arrived, I furiously began trying to register. I have never had such a hard time trying to register for a race. There are at least five screens you have to clear and each time I would clear one, two, and maybe the third, before I got booted out. I kept getting a page saying the site was “unavailable, please try again later.” I figured it was just because there were 30,000 other people trying to register at the same time.

So I kept re-entering my info. Again and again, wondering why the retarded tech team at couldn’t manage to get a few more servers to handle the hordes of runners trying to register. I mean DUH! You know this is going to happen! How are you NOT prepared for this?!!

Surely this was the stupidest freaking registration process ever. I was cursing quite a bit. After about an hour and a half, I made it to the payment screen. Surely they can’t screw this up, they want to take my money, don’t they? I submitted my info, and hit the enter button. And I waited. Watching that stupid circle going round and round, I wondered if I’d lost the connection. (Sorry Mario, but the princess is in another castle…) It was probably 3 agonizing minutes, and then – Holy Crap! A confirmation screen! I was registered!

Later this evening I see the Chicago Marathon website has posted this:

We are incredibly sorry that runners interested in signing up for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon experienced such difficulties today. We have been working nonstop with our registration provider to find the root of the problem and a solution. Many runners were able to sign up before the registration process was suspended. There are currently 15,000 entries remaining. Before we re-open registration, we need to make sure all technical issues are permanently resolved. We will provide ample notice regarding when the registration process will re-open.

For those who were able to successfully complete the registration process, you can confirm your registration going to For those that were charged more than once, our registration provider is in the process of refunding any duplicate charges and will notify these participants.

We do not plan on reopening registration within the next two days. We will provide another update on registration by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday.

So I totally lucked out! I feel like I’m in an exclusive, albeit short-lived, club right now. It’s nice to know that I don’t have to stress out the next few days, trying to register and wondering if I’ll get in. No, I just have to stress about finding a race to prove that I belong in corral B.

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