Ignoring the iPod Race Ban

Rules say no to portable audio, but many will still plug in and tune out
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 1:12 PM CDT
This woman wouldn't be able to bring her personal audio player onto the race course under USA Track & Field rules.   (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – Running purists have applauded a ruling from USA Track & Field restricting portable audio devices during races. Other competitors say music motivates them, which is why you'll still see plenty of iPods and headphones during Sunday's New York City Marathon, reports The New York Times. "If they want to disqualify me, they can," dared one runner.

Because it's not feasible and they don't want to alienate the many recreational runners, one race official, who prefers U2 during workouts, says the ban won't be enforced. Other races have complied with the insurance and runner safety measure, with one disqualifying 30 competitors. In another recent race, however, defiant runners stuffed iPods into their shorts and bras.