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Headphones Ban at the 5k

This year a new rule was implemented at the Boston Corporate Challenge - no headphones. Yup runners were not allowed to wear headphones while they were running.

This was a bit of a surprise for some runners as many use headphones as motivation to keep on running.

J P Morgan Waiver
Part of the waver that runners approved when they signed up.

Why would race organizers ban headphones?

Apparently the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is now following the competition rules of the USA Track and Field Association (USATF). According to the USATF 2017 Rules of Competition, audio devices are seen as an assistance to athletes:

Rule 144 - Assistance to Athletes

(b) The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area. The Games Committee for an LDR event may allow the use of portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices.

(c) The use of any technology or appliance that provides the user with an unfair advantage which would not have been obtainable using equipment complying with the Rules.

Game Day

While the no-headphone ban was communicated several times before race day, runners still arrived with their headphones and portable electronic devices.

Runners Headphone
Arrows highlighting some runners that have audio devices.

Personal 5k Playlist

This is the playlist that I listen to while getting ready for the 5k.

All I do is WinDJ KhaledEvery race that I run starts off with this song.
This is How We Do itMontell Jordan
This is my Fight SongRachel Platten"This is my running song"
7 YearsLukas Graham
The Morning AfterMaureen McGovernThis run isn't all that painful.
Lord KnowsMeek Mills
Days of ElijahRobin Mark
Ireland CallCeltic Thunder"Together standing tall" Good mid run pump up song.
Dance Like Nobody's WatchingLaura MaranoRun as if nobody is watching
Ray of LightMadonnaAnd I feel like I just got home - a good way finish the race.



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