runDisney 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.
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