By Andrea Hermann
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Some cities and towns have become stricter about approving race permits in their areas. Communities are controlling and restricting the number and size of events allowed on their roads to reduce the impact on local residents. In some cases, there is a risk that great races will not be allowed to continue or to grow because of complaints from people in the community.
Unfortunately, these town councils often only hear a handful of negative comments from residents who live on the race route, and don’t hear all the positive aspects of having a race in their area. The bad behaviors of a few athletes leave a negative impression with residents, local government or town council officials, and a race director has to work harder to secure a permit.
There are many things race participants can do to help increase awareness of all the positives a road race can provide. Runners also need to be aware of behaviors that impact local citizens, and do their part to respect the communities they run through.