This is a very interesting topic as I believe I have perspectives from both sides. I ran my 8th marathon with TNT in Chicago and will run my 9th in Arizona in a couple of months. The first seven were on my own.
This unfortunate incident at MCM is certainly not indicative of what I have seen with TNT Michigan or Chicago. TNT is coaching us to finish! Period. They have also been very cogniscent of etiquette, encouraging us to enter the proper finish time corral, talking about aid station etiquette, etc.
Marathoning is hard. It is this fact that allows many of these organizations to raise such unbelievable amounts of money. Most participants will only do a marathon once, so they make it a good one - Chicago, New York, MCM. The race guarantees are nice, but keep in mind that a commitment to raise funds is now in order. It is an added burden that a charity runner has in addition to some likely unfamiliar training.
Obviously not all the organizations treated the marathon the same. This is unfortunate. I have enjoyed my TNT experiences and will consider future charity runs, although will probably run more on my own first. I hope that other posts are positive for the charities - but yes, THEY MUST PLAY BY THE RULES! 26.2 - no less!
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