This recently came up:
I’m festering with rage at these people. Seriously? You couldn’t hold it until you found a trashcan? You couldn’t put it back in the pocket you were already using to store it?
You know, I don’t give a shit what their excuse is. Especially in a race, throwing their gel pack on the ground creates a danger for the runners behind them. Dumping their water out onto the road and tossing their cup into it is also dangerous for the other runners around and behind them. And that’s not even bringing up the people who are going to have to clean up after you otherwise known as volunteers.
I pride myself on this PR: I have never ever missed the trashcan in a race. Never. Not in a marathon, not in a 5k, 10k, or half, either. That’s right. And I don’t even pass by them when they’re practically empty so it’s easy to get it in.
There’s some kind of tacit understanding among runners at races that they can act like animals because they’re running. Hey, listen, I don’t give a shit what you’re doing–you don’t pee on someone’s lawn that they maintain as a part of their home, you don’t toss you shit gel packets on the ground where someone can slip on them and they make a mess, and you get that damn cup into or as close as possible into the trashcan.
Keep it classy, runners.