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June 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Marathon was costly corporate event

Half-marathon runners make their way up the Alaskan Way Viaduct for the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Saturday, June 23. [Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times.]

Half-marathon runners make their way up the Alaskan Way Viaduct for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Saturday, June 23. [Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times.]

The Times’ coverage of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon was missing the point. [“Police ramp up security for rock marathon,” page one, June 21.]

This was an event sponsored by a for-profit, San Diego-based, multinational corporation (Competitors Group, Inc.), and it appears to be subsidized by taxpayers.

How much are taxpayers spending for security costs, traffic costs, street closures and rerouting, and the extensive planning that was required by state, port, and city governments?

The corporation’s media kit, found on its website, is all about selling advertising (which it euphemistically calls “sponsorships”). While it claims a positive economic impact on the cities it does business in, those studies appear to be industry-sponsored.

It’s time for your reporters to ask tough questions.

Don Glickstein, Seattle

Severe traffic jams hurt citizens

Because of the traffic jam caused by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, my 85-year-old handicapped father had to ride his scooter for a mile down First Avenue to get to King Street Station on time to catch his train back home to Eugene.

I have to question the priorities of the city of Seattle, that would allow severe traffic jams while promoting a corporately sponsored event.

Ralph Sanders, Everett

Politicians need calendars

Today, I have come to a realization.

No one in this town has ever cared enough about the politicians who run Seattle to give one of them an adorable desk calendar as a gift. Not once. That’s how much we must hate the people who try so hard to run this city.

How else could you explain the logic behind allowing so many events to take place all on the same day? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon closed off downtown for most of the day, the Fremont Solstice Parade snarled traffic in Fremont, the HONK! Fest West obstructed Georgetown, the Morgan Junction Community Festival stalled progress in West Seattle and then the Mariners played a home game in the evening.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that those responsible for issuing permits for all of these wonderful events didn’t even know how to read a calendar. Frankly, that’s just a darn shame.

I propose that we help the city planners, and make sure each of them has an easy-to-read calendar, a lot of colorful markers and maybe a few classes on how to talk to each other about conflicting schedules so they can spread these events out over several weekends, ensuring fun for Seattle families all summer long.

Wouldn’t that be swell?

Chris Lundgren, Issaquah

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