I just returned from being the lead rider for the first female in our local marathon. I have been the certifier for this and the accompanying half marathon & 8K for many years now.
Last year I e-mailed the organizers pointing out what I perceived to be critical deficiencies in their marathon course layout which resulted in the runners, that I could see from my position with the lead female, running tangents where they should not have been and therefore saving considerable distance.
There was no improvement this year. At exactly the same spot where the runners should have been directed to be on the right-hand side of the road centerline there were no signs, no cones and it was obvious that the race marshalls had not been given any instructions on how to deal with on which side the runners were to run.
I don't believe it is my duty to make sure that the course is laid out properly. Last year I measured it after consulting with the race committees delegate and followed his instructions. Because of the other races the marathon uses the left side of the road for part of the route and the right for the rest. I pointed out before measuring the route last year that this was going to cause some confusion if not signed and coned properly.
I certainly can't blame the runners for what they were doing. I would have done the same thing had I been running and not been given any indication of which side of the road I was to be on.
What should I do this time? The certification certainly shouldn't be valid considering what I saw today or is it?