From the ZOOMA Atlanta Race Director:
Dave, I'm sorry you did not enjoy some of the aspects of ZOOMA Atlanta. We have received many many emails from women who had positive experiences at the race, and I'm sorry you were not among that group of happy runners. I am wondering if part of the attractiveness of the race is that it is composed of thousands of women... and while we welcome man to participate, perhaps this is something that may be lost on male participants! All of the women who have commented thus far on the necklace have liked it, for example.
You did not mention the complimentary light breakfast and chocolate provided to all finishers. Or the inspirational quotes on the course. Or the massage and shopping opportunities at the finish line, or the awesome band at the post-race party (Modern Logic - love them!) Or the women-fit New Balance technical race tee provided to all participants. Or the super-convenient packet pick up.
I understand that it will likely be impossible for us, as race organizers, to delight every single runner on race day. That said, I do hope that participants can see the good with the bad. Despite the fact that you were disappointed with the necklace, I hope that you were able to appreciate the other fun touches at the event. In the end, we are working very hard to make race day an awesome experience for as many participants as possible. (And, I should note, the race netted $0 this year... race organizers worked for free! The money from the event went to (1) a donation to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, (2) police expenses, (3) race t-shirts and supplies, etc.) Dave, please feel free to call us at 703-349-5335 if you would like to discuss further where the money from the event was spent, or any other aspect of the race.
Founder & Executive Director, ZOOMA Women's Race Series