Originally published Jan.26 on Advocatemag.com.
I was ready to go on a rant about the Competitor Group (a.k.a Rock ‘n’ Roll) and its for-profit running-event empire with its exceedingly high-priced races and bullying business moves, but …
As we reported earlier, Competitor recently changed the date of its Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon to Dec. 8, 2013, the same date as the Dallas Marathon. This upset Dallas Marathon organizers, who said the conflicting date “would cause irreparable harm to the Dallas Marathon, the City of Dallas and (the) beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.” Spokesman Greg Miller continued, noting, “The Dallas Marathon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has contributed more than $2.8 million to TSRHC since 1997. Competitor Group, Inc. is a for-profit organization owned by Calera Capital.”
So, some people were pretty ticked off about this, but we will have to save our indignation for another scandal because San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon organizers, the Competitor Group, tonight announced that they didn’t mean it and they will change the date again to Nov. 17, 2013.
Competitor Group CEO Scott Dickey issued a statement noting, “Competitor Group has built a supportive and positive relationship with the Dallas running community, contributing over $200,000 to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children over the past four years and has invested heavily in a partnership with the Dallas Marathon to establish the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon which annually takes place each March … We never intended to negatively impact the Dallas Marathon and we apologize for the mistake and oversight, as well as any confusion we may have caused runners in San Antonio.”