Letters to the Editor

It’s a really noisy marathon

I am very pleased that the marathon and half marathon were such a success this year. Has anyone considered the impact on the people who live on Regatta Drive, especially those who live at the start line of the half marathon?

I bet most of you were trying to sleep in and catch the hour of sleep you lost last Sunday because of the time change. I was awakened by big trucks stopping in the school parking lot to unload supplies at 4 a.m.! Then I got to listen to things being pulled out of those trucks and set up in the parking lot. Not a problem, except the trucks didn’t turn off their engines so I got to lie in bed listening to big truck engines run for quite some time.

At around 6 a.m. people started talking very loudly while trying to set up scaffolding to tie the banner at the starting line. I could almost make out every word they were saying so I finally gave up trying to sleep. The banner was finally up and the buses started arriving. They also do not turn off their engines and just rumble along. This is all very exciting but the most fun hasn’t happened yet. The most exciting part is the PA system being turned on and a man starts talking to those 2,200 runners waiting in line for the porta potties.

The PA system goes on around 7:30 until the start of the race at 8:30. It is so loud in my living room that I cannot hear my television so I turn it off and sit and watch the goings on in front of my house. Oh!, there were a lot more porta potties this year, but there still weren’t enough because people were walking into the woods to go potty. Around 8:15 all the runners start doing their stretches and sprint across our yards to warm up their muscles. Finally a blast from an air horn starts the race and all the runners are off! Just when you think you can go back to bed and take a nap, the buses start returning to drop people off and the trucks come to pick up everything they dropped off at 4 a.m.

To sum all of this up; the marathon and half marathon are great for our economy but please be considerate of the people who live at the start line. Or possibly move the start to other streets so everyone in Oak Harbor can enjoy the race.

Harriet Vick

Oak Harbor

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