I do apologize if this is not the appropriate forum, but I feel the need to register my disgust at the way the 2011 Go Green St. Patrick's Day 5K/10K and Half Marathon (http://www.moshanproductions.com/go_green_st_patricks_day_run) was mishandled, and then covered up by the race organizers (Moshan Productions) in cooperation with the active.com Running Community staff. As another runner stated, we have a right to review and share our experiences at an event. It is especially important to do so when an event is so egregiously mismanaged that it bordered on fraud.
I have created an archive of the reviews of the 2011 Go Green St. Patrick's Day 5K/10K and Half Marathon and saved them at WebCite:
Allow me to reiterate that some of the reviews were selectively removed by active.com moderators before I had an opportunity to archive them. They were informative and could not be construed as offensive in any way (no foul language was used) -- so while I am terribly disappointed in how this race was managed, I am even more outraged that active.com was complicit in covering up the fact. It really undermines the very service they are attempting to provide, which I thought was a trustworthy third party outlet where runners can discuss and review sporting events without worrying about interference.
I was wrong.
Some moderators delete posts without thinking. A lot of people have complained about this race and I felt those posts should remain. I wish other moderators would also take the same care in their moderation. I wish they would help me more in deleting the abundance of spam.
I know there were a couple that I moderated and left them in, as long as there was no foul language or personal attacks (and I didn't note any of that). My opinion is you asked for reviews, you get reviews, and you have to take the good with the bad.
Thank you both, lenzlaw and MyTwoSons, for your genuine responses. They are greatly appreciated.
I am sure I speak for most everyone who participated in this event that we would be quite thankful it if the original thread was reinstated, whether they had positive or negative feedback to share.