Wow, I just saw the comments about the 1/2 Marathon and I feel awful. There is no excuse, but I did rationalize since I did not take anything from the race, but like many of you pointed out I did enjoy a safe race and great competition, which does not come without a price.
I take great pride in my reputation and do not intend to let that slide. I will send a check (sent $8 as of 5 Dec) to the race right away and I make a huge public apology. The race was great and even though I didn't even take a sip/bite I now see that it is about the same as theft, because there are other things that the race provides.
I volunteer at several races a year and value the running community more than you can imagine. I do not wish to burn bridges and hope that you can take this along with the proof of my payment (race director, can you post a comment once you receive it) as an apology and accept me at a future race (not as a bandit). I didn't think it through and will not do this type of unethical activity in the future.
Again, I'm sorry and hope I can make it up to the community, my family and ultimately my reputation in the US Army.
18 hours ago