First, enough with the 'self esteem'. Why should someone who didn't finish a marathon get a medal for it? To boost 'self esteem'. That's %$#%@@. They can take pride in completing as much as they did. 22 miles is still an accomplishment. But the race is 26.2. Do that, and you get a medal.
Regarding the person at 6:30 who wants to get off the course before the sidewalks are rolled up: I have no problem with that person getting a lift. I have a problem with that person getting a medal.
The 'self esteem' movement seems to be 'give someone a reward, even if they didn't accomplish the task'. Nothing could be more counter productive. It simply rewards mediocrity and penalizes those who actually accomplished the goal. I worked hard and ran hard to get my 2 marathon medals. I would throw them into the face of any race director that knowingly gave them to any participant who didn't finish the run.
(I will make a small exeption for errant navigation. Someone misses a turn because the volunteers weren't at the right corner or something. But that shouldn't be that frequent.)
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