runDisney requiring personal packet pick-up

Run-Disney-LogorunDisney quietly introduced a significant policy change this past week. The option for runner to fill out a waiver form in advance, and have someone else pick up their runner’s packet and race bib has been eliminated. Buried under the “Runner Info” link for each upcoming race (starting with August’s Disneyland Half Marathon), in the middle of the web page under the heading “Packet Pick-Up” is the following policy:

YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR OWN PARTICIPANT PACKET (WHICH INCLUDES YOUR EVENT-ISSUED BIB NUMBER AND TIMING DEVICE) DURING REGULARLY SCHEDULED HOURS. Individuals will no longer be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.

It is generally believed that this policy is being put in place to discourage the already-officially-prohibited re-sale of race bibs, as races have been selling out more and more rapidly.

What do you think of this new policy? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

6 thoughts to “runDisney requiring personal packet pick-up”

  1. Having someone else pick up our packet for Marathon Weekend was invaluable. We wouldn’t have been able to participate, otherwise. I could get onboard with this as long as they have a way for runners to get their bibs in the early morning hours before a race, just in case their flights are delayed or something else keeps them from getting to the expo for packet pickup by closing time the night before.

  2. This is going to make it much harder to re-coupe cost if something comes up, and the policy to move to a later race, incurs a hefty price tag too!

  3. They need to enable runners to pick up their packages the morning of, but otherwise, I don’t see it as a problem. I would never think bib scalping was a thing.

  4. I’m really surprised with this coming so soon on the heels of a Marathon Week(end) that had bad weather blanketing a good deal of the country, making travel from distant cities impossible in some cases. The policy of picking up for others seemed to be a legitimate compromise. I did hear of/see people picking up for six or seven others… maybe there were other cases of people picking up packets for 20-30 people and really taxing the system? I have trouble seeing the benefit to this for anyone, unless it is an attempt to slow the signups, but even then, you’re penalizing the people who give race entry some sober reflection.

  5. Reading up some more, I get the impression that there were liability and safety concerns. The problem is that, if someone is running in another person’s bib, Disney doesn’t have the necessary waiver and release forms signed by the participant, and in the event of an accident they don’t even necessarily have proper identification information for an injured runner or emergency contact information. So there are valid reasons for trying to crack down on transfers other than simple avarice. But I do agree that if they are going to crack down on private transfers, they need to provide some mechanism for runners to deal with a need to cancel for injury, illness, travel problem, or simply inadequate training issues. Ideally, they could run their own transfer system, so that they can monitor the exchanges and ensure that they have the necessary paperwork and information.

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