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Pittsfield to New Berlin / 06.08.2011
68.3 km / 3513.5 km complete
42.4 mi / 2183.2 mi complete
8 Participants at the start / 8 Participants at the stage finish
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The day began with a beautiful spectacle: for almost two hours distant lightening split the sky and there was an impressive storm which we were happy to watch from a distance.
At the meeting this morning, Serge again brought up the problem of the camel bag, saying that he did not see any reason for carrying, it since he has not carried any water in it for two weeks.
He sees no need for it now that the weather is not so hot and we are in a more urban environment.
I know that there are two other runners who don’t carry any water but as I have explained many times, this item of the race rules is beyond the control of the organizers, since a runner can say that he has just finished drinking and he has to wait to see his crew to fill up the bag.
So we are operating on the basis of trust.
So Serge openly admits he is breaking the rules and for two runners, who don’t appear to have anything to feel guilty about, this is unacceptable.
The 30 minute penalty isn’t enough for them and this evening they ask Rainer to disqualify him.
It seems to be a settling of scores, but it is up to the runners in the official race to vote whether to disqualify the runner, since it is a request by 2 people.
The vote will take place tomorrow morning.
Another vote will take place this evening to know whether the runners are in agreement to ease the camel bag rules, so that wearing it is left to the discretion of each runner.
A vote will also be taken concerning the morning start time.
Rainer and I are losing a lot of time to settle this matter and it is costing Rainer time he needs to rest and me energy I cannot devote to the logistics and the preparation of the route, the stages and communicating with my team and with the runners.
I don’t thank Serge for playing rebel (he doesn’t realize the consequences of this), nor Markus and Alexandro, who are far from being able to say that they are completely commendable as far as holding to the rules is concerned.
However, I see that my flexibility on the first part of the race has done me a bad turn and I almost regret having been so relaxed.
But things will be better tomorrow.
The most important thing and the essence of the race are « to enjoy it ».
We must not regret being together on the road with a unique goal: “all together in New York”.
So the route continues.
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