After all my other friends were funneled through the food room (more on that in a minute) and still no husband, I started to get very concerned. No one had seen him. 30 minutes had passed. I was getting more than a little anxious. After probably 30 or 40 minutes and still no husband, I went to the information desk for help. The volunteer there was ill equipped to handle my question so she directed me into the exhibition hall to the "solutions" kiosk. There, I approached a police officer whose response was, "well call him on his cell phone" (my thoughts were: bright idea lady! Why didn't I think of that sooner?! And, if he had a d*@# cell phone on him, do you really think I would be asking you for help?!) and "why don't you go outside and look for him" Now, I'm not a complete dolt. I realize that I could have gone outside and looked for him, but bear in mind there were approximately 27,000 runners and their families. It would have been like finding a needle in a haystack. And what if he came inside while I was outside. Against my better judgement, I went outside but of course I didn't see him. I was headed back inside to locate the police officer again, as I was determined to get some help when I happened to see my husband across the large exhibit hall. He had in fact come in while I was outside looking for him. ARGH!! But, I was so relieved to see him!! We got his finisher shirt and headed straight for the shuttle back to the hotel before I had a full-blown anxiety attack.
This whole process took an hour, which I believe was completely UNACCEPTABLE!! I've been told that "perhaps you expect too much of race organizers and volunteers" We pay a great deal of our hard earned money for race entry fees. I expect things to be well organized and safe. And I expect willingness to help find a solution to a problem instead of smart assed remarks!! If this is "expecting too much" then I guess I do! My friends had a good experience and for that I'm happy but I saw another side of things and for that reason, hubs and I won't be running the Cowtown again anytime in the near future.
Have you ever had a bad race experience??