The Golden Rule
*Note: Our goal is to provide a safe and fun race environment. To do this we have a couple of rules but, it basically all boils down to a couple of rules, lights and the middle aid station. Our most important rules refers to the middle aid station (Gasport) and it's one we're most often questioned about. Plain & simple…We don't allow any crew, support, family or friends at the Gasport aid station (there's a perfect place to meet one mile before/after this aid station – Orangeport Bridge). We have a zero tolerance for disregarding this rule and doing so may result in a DQ. We don't have this rule to make the race more challenging, we have this rule to ensure future B-o-B's and your safety.
Twice a year we need to apply for a "Right of Use" Permit from The New York State Canal Corp. The Canal Corp permit department has laid out a set of rules for us, a set of rules that they do not bend or ignore. For us to get our permit each year we have to make sure that our race doesn't interfere with the day-to-day use of the towpath for other people. The Gasport aid station is located at a small parking lot on the towpath. In fact, it's one of the smallest parking lots on the canal. We setup our motorhome there so our volunteers may have access to a stove, refrigerator, power outlets, etc…etc. All of these things allow us to provide our racers with another over-the-top aid station. Our motorhome and timing mats take up over half of the parking lot. Even though we have a "Right of Use" Permit, we reserve the rest of the parking lot (OK…the other two parking spaces) for the people who choose to use the towpath as they wish. Most of them are locals who come down there to go for a walk or unload their bike. From time to time we have other volunteers showing up for a shift change or to bring needed supplies.
In the past, some crew/support/family have tried to park along the roadside near the aid station. This causes more congestion and problems since it forces traffic to go around them and puts runners in a blind spot. This is why we have a zero tolerance to those who break this rule. We also suggest that you warn all family and friends that they will put your race in jeopardy should they show up here. Orangeport Road is approximately one mile before the Gasport aid station and has a much bigger parking lot. We welcome crew, support, family and friends to park here to cheer you on.
So, to keep it very simple – tell everybody you know to avoid the Gasport aid station like the plague and make sure you and your pacer have your lights. Oh yeah, be sure to have a good time out there!