It was a good day for fishing in Duluth on Sunday, August 26, 2012. Not so good if you wanted to walk by the fishing boats or get from the boat to your car. To the surprise of many, including the fishing boat operators that I talked to, no one told them a race would be going on the sidewalk by their boats this Sunday morning. Pedestrians, and their baby carriages, had to walk in the parking lot while the runners commanded the sidewalk.
It didn’t help that the Blue Bridge was not operational, forcing more than the usual traffic into the tunnel and sidewalk by the fishing boats if they wanted to get to the other side.
Over at the Marine Museum, workers arriving there had no knowledge that a race was set up on their side walk, with a water stop next to the tug boat and volunteers directing visitors and tourists to stay out of the way when runners were coming thru. To make matters worse, it was a two lap race, very strung out to begin with. It was going when I arrived in the morning around 9 and was still going strong at noon. Since it was a triathlon, it was going slower than a usual running race.
What I saw was apparently the running portion of the Superior Man Triathlon, not surprisingly the first year for the event. All the volunteers I talked with were polite, friendly and totally unaware that race officials apparently forgot to mention to, at the least, the fishing boat operators and the folks at the Marine Museum, that their race was going right by and right through, respectively, their place of operations. Having run many races myself, I am sure the runners assumed that race officials had received the necessary permissions to run the race and provided notice to any folks who might be inconvenienced.
Happily, the swimming portion of the race was over before the BBC Louisiana appeared with wind turbine parts from Denmark around 11 in the morning.