I guess the risque attire thing hasn't made it to the Midwest yet. The last race I ran in April I didn't see anything offensive. Several guys ran without their shirts for part of it, and there were a couple ladies that were just wearing a sports bra. Definitely nothing more revealing than what one would see at a beach or pool. I don't want to see the guys wearing the overly short running shorts and potentially exposing themselves to everyone else, nor do I want to see a lady or a man wearing clothes that are way too small or show off the love handles or fat rolls. But policing a dress code for a run would have it's difficulties.
Running hard is part of the issue Stefan...it turns out that scantily clad women and men tend to produce offensive distractions that are, of course, magnified with intense motion.
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I ask that the twig and berries be covered, that's all. Most racers I see wearing very little have very athletic bodies, and I think it's like looking at sculpture. If you're comfortable with how you look, then wear it. Like I said - just keep the boys out of view. Oh, and hairy backs. Wear a shirt, or wax it, man!
I usually wear a shirt because wicking material really does keep me cooler than bare skin, but to each his/her own.
We don't have the right to not be offended. If what somene else is or is not wearing isn't harming me, then I don't see how it should be my business to tell someone else what to wear. Any standard we dictate will be simply relative. What is today considered modest in America would be scandelous by Victorian or Taliban standards. So how much do we need to cover up to reverse our 'moral decay'?
You are correct...It would be difficult to define the standards, but since the RRCA has a long list of etiquette for runners and race events, it seems like they might be able to add a few lines discouraging attire that is overly revealing.
Well, at least they do discourage participants from shedding clothing along the course, so that is a possible hint that crossing the finish line in underwear might be inappropriate.
Again, I understand your point about the specific details and how that might be difficult to detail and enforce. Really, some of it should be common sense, especially at events that are advertised as family-focused with the expectation that a lot of children will be involved.
Good points and probably no easy solutions other than a few broad-based, generic guidelines that would potentially generate some thought.