Are iPods without headphones allowed in races

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05/05/2012 at 22:58
I have couple of 10k races this month which in the rules don't allow runners to wear headphones. I don't want to open up the old debate about whether you should do races with music or not as I think that has been done to death... But I have always run with an Ipod touch on my arm as I use the Nike plus app. Will this be ok if I don't have headphones or do some races not allow Ipods at all?
05/05/2012 at 23:05

haha

06/05/2012 at 00:01
Can't see why not, says no headphones, it's not different to you wearing a garmin in this instance,
06/05/2012 at 00:10
Hope you are right Marc. I don't want to listen to music but would like to use the Nike app to see how vast I am going. Would like to get a Garmin soon but have only been running just over a a year. Just concerned that race marshals may disqualify me if they see the iPod.
06/05/2012 at 06:09
It's a bit like sitting on a plane with a cigarette in your hand. You may get some funny looks but as long as you don't light it you will be ok.
06/05/2012 at 07:50

I imagine you would be asked to dispose of the cigarette  because they would have no proof that you were not going to light it.

06/05/2012 at 11:53
The stewardess may have a word with you and ask that if you are not going to light it then why have you got it out?
06/05/2012 at 11:55
Assuming you can't get any feedback without headphones then exactly why have you got a i-pod on your arm. Just put it in the hold for gawd sake.
06/05/2012 at 11:58

 

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06/05/2012 at 12:30
Slowkoala wrote (see)
I have couple of 10k races this month which in the rules don't allow runners to wear headphones. I don't want to open up the old debate about whether you should do races with music or not as I think that has been done to death... But I have always run with an Ipod touch on my arm as I use the Nike plus app. Will this be ok if I don't have headphones or do some races not allow Ipods at all?

surely you've answered your own question. Rule is no headphones, you don't have headphones. What's the query?

Do you think there will be a crack team of stewards checking noone has an ipod about their person? Do you think that would work?

06/05/2012 at 12:37

Hmm. So I could race with a pair of speakers strapped to my shoulders?

06/05/2012 at 13:09
Sussex Runner, I use it on my arm for the Nike GPS. Would prefer to have a Garmin which would give me the same info but it's quite a bit more expensive (use my son's ipod touch and the app only cost a pound). The info is on the sceen, just like a gps watch so don't use sound. Mike Frog, the speakers wouldn't give me info on pace which is what I want. Stevie G, the races use UKA rules and I think this means no headphones but not sure if it would mean no iPods too?
06/05/2012 at 13:20

Well if you wanted to be an arsehole, you could dredge up the ambiguous rule about electronic assistance, but honestly SK you will be fine.  You do seem to take things seriously and literally, if only the people who do wear earphones did the same. You will be OK, like you allude to above, it's just the same as a Garmin.

06/05/2012 at 15:15

SK, I didn't say YOU could, I said I could... I like my music!

My solution in real life is to use just one earphone. I do like the idea of little speakers though

03/02/2013 at 10:23

As most races have distance markers, often every mile or km, would it not be easier and cheaper to wear a large display stop watch rather than risk upsetting the marshalls, and potentially having your equipment stolen!

03/02/2013 at 10:40

A woman in my club wears her ipod on her arm, but not her earphones (cos it would be rude) on club runs. It announces the stats out loud every mile, which freaked me out the first time I was running near her when it happened (and also pissed me off because we weren't going as fast as it felt like). But it doesn't look like she's listening to music because she doesn't have her headphones in. Marshals will just be looking for the wires going up to the ears, if they bother looking at all.

03/02/2013 at 11:07

Its not about ipods and headphones.

The issue is about whether or not you are aware of anything outside your own little musical world.

If you want to operate in such an insular fashion. Best not do so when others can be affected by your actions.

If you get in the way and you cannot hear anyone asking you to move then you might get edged aside, hard!

 

03/02/2013 at 11:33

Wow a talking GPS that would cool in a race,when you cross the line does it go 

TAAA-DAA and then say "200 metres to bar"

03/02/2013 at 11:46

This "edge aside, hard" point is bollocks.  It's the responsibility of the person approaching from behind to pass safely.

03/02/2013 at 11:58

I'm going to  wear my running gear( which is just shorts and t-shirt and trainers) 

to the next night club i go to and i'm going to gently jog in and out of the dancers  while listening to a bit of Chase + status.

I won't shout or yell at the dancers if they are in my way i'll just weave past them

with a smile.

I do love my music.


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