As many of you know the fun runs have gotten too large to safely manage. When the run has more than ~10 cars, those in the back are forced to drive much too fast to keep up with the train. After every stop sign, I accelerate painfully slow to try to allow the back of the train to keep up. At a certain point this is no longer effective. Devilfluff has traditionally brought up the rear – he has told me on several occasions what happens as the runs get longer.
Longtime attendees that drive responsibly are forced to drive too fast. There have been newcomers who choose not to even try … using the runs as an exercise in asshattery. There was video of the last (or previous to the last?) fun run posted online that all too clearly demonstrated this.
I have discussed this with fellow members and moderators, as well as the chief of security where I work. He used to be a police chief with a nearby township. I told him the history of the meets and how the fun runs have become a potential liability. I have been advised that as the organizer I could possibly be held responsible. In this lawsuit happy world we find ourselves in, I can no longer take that risk.
When the fun runs were small, I’d improvise and try to use different roads each time as there is a lot of great lightly traveled tarmac in this region. Good times … I’d like to get back to that, but how?
I see three choices - vote for your preference (no multiple choice):
Make the meet invitation only.
Not a great choice as we need new attendees to keep it fresh and relevant. How are we to determine who is worthy, without leaving some desirable longtime attendees out in the cold so to speak?
Find at least one more lead fun run driver and break up the runs based on turnout.
A few of you will need to step up to the plate. Those of you who have been with us since the early days probably know much of the core route already. Routes 401, 282, 345, 23 & 82 makes up much of it.
Forego the runs altogether and drive straight to Victory after Marsh Creek.
This is a nice drive in itself, albeit a short one. Not what I'd prefer - I love hosting the runs.
If I have left other options out, speak up and sound off.
7 years this May … we need to keep it going!