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Running is a great form of exercise. It works the entire body and mind. Many people enjoy running in Montana. Racing is a way to reward oneself from all the hard work put into training. Montana offers a number of different road races including: The Montana Women’s Run, The Heart and Sole Run, Big Sky State Games, The Montana Marathon and the Shamrock Run.
Running a road race has juridic controls over the runner, observers, and drivers in the community. The first step in running a road race is registering for the race. Registration involves filling out some sort of form containing basic information and signing a waiver to protect the group sponsoring the race. If the runner is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign for the child. In most races a fee must also be paid in the registration process. In almost every race there is also an early bird fee. This encourages racers to sign up early and pay a lower fee. Registration has to be done before a certain date. The next step is packet pickup. The packet will contain additional race information, the racers number and usually a shirt. On race day the runner has to be to the starting line on time or will not be allowed to participate. During the race the controls are simple. The runner must stay on the official course and wear their number so that it is visible to the race officials. Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, smoking, and pets are not allowed on the course at anytime during the race. However if you do not follow these rules as a runner, you are out of the race as a penalty. As for the observers and other members of the community there are numerous controls over their actions. Observers may cheer for their runner in certain areas of the race and may not enter the course at anytime. Individuals who have no involvement in the race (such as drivers) must follow certain controls. Depending on the race, roads may be closed or with restricted access. Sometimes the speed limit is lowered, usually to 15 or 25 miles an hour. Cars may pass intersections with the approval and direction of a race official crossing guard. The public is advised to find an alternate route. These rules are to ensure the safety and well being of the runner.
Burdensomeness of the Load
Though many of the controls seem irrelevant, they are in place for safety purposes and to make the race 'run' as effective as possible. Runners themselves may be burdened with the controls of racing, but these controls are clear and are expected to be followed at every race. They do not especially weigh on the mind of the runners, because the rules for them, observers, and drivers are meant to keep them safe and the road race running successfully and without harm.
Ways to Escape Control
The juridic controls are very easy to escape in this situation. The runner may choose not to enter the race and run leisurely on their own time under no controls. Drivers may choose to take a different route to avoid the race entirely, or choose not to slow down when the signs tell them to if they are on the race path. Observers may choose to stay away and not support their racer.
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