January 22, 2018

Have you ever been snubbed while on a run?

You know what I mean, when you see another runner coming the other way and you say “hello” and they completely ignore you? What’s up with that?

I’ll never snub another athlete (purposely). In fact, I go out of my way to say hello. Here’s what I do: I’ll attempt to make eye contact with you, and if I do, I’ll say hello or at least give you a quick wave. If you’re looking at your feet I probably won’t say anything . . . unless . . .

Years ago, on one of my old running routes I used to pass this same woman nearly every time I went out. She ignored me every single time! I really thought this was odd behavior because we were both out there and saw each other all the time.

One day, I’m not sure why, perhaps just for fun, I said a loud “hello” and scared the crap out of her. Well, at least I got a good laugh from it. She continued to snub me.

Here’s how I look at it: We’re both out there and we’re working hard so why not be sociable. Hell, what if one of us has heart attack out there? I’m more likely to execute my CPR skills for someone I know as opposed to someone that snubs me all the time. Well, maybe I’ll do the CPR but don’t make me work too hard!
The funniest example of the “running snub” was in the 2001 or 2002 Ironman World Championships (I don’t remember which is was) when Tim Deboom (who won both years) was in the lead on the run and passed Nichole, his wife, on the course. She yelled and waved and he totally snubbed her. I’ll bet he had some explaining to do later that day!

Now, I do have to say, that when I’m racing the odds that you’ll get the running snub from me is 50/50. Please don’t take it personally but I can really get into the zone sometimes and just don’t pay attention to what’s going on around me. So please accept my apologies if I don’t flash the “shaka” when we pass.
One of the absolute best elements of the athletic community is how we support each other. I’ve made lots of friends through my athletics and I cherish each one. Seems only right that we at least say hello to one-another.


Ron Saetermoe

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