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Run coverage

April 27, 2012

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To the editor:

I participated in the Kansas Half-Marathon on Sunday, April 22.

It was a wonderful event! It benefited Health Care Access, which helps so many uninsured and underinsured individuals here in Douglas County. Monday morning, I was anxious to see pictures in the Journal-World online about the event. There was nothing. According to many involved with this event, the Journal-World and Channel 6 did not cover this.

Why? There were over 2,400 participants, plus volunteers and spectators. Estimates of up to 4,000 people were downtown, looking for places to eat, park and watch this race. Participants from all over the U.S. were there, claiming it was wonderful to run around downtown Lawrence and the campus of Kansas University. From the Lawrence Arts Center looking north up New Hampshire was an awesome sight, a wall of runners in Lawrence.

This is called the Kansas Half-Marathon, which brings a lot of credibility with it and for Journal-World and Channel 6 news editors to just ignore the coverage is mind boggling. The fact this large event occurred right at their doorsteps is even more puzzling. What else could have been occurring this large in the community that did not warrant some coverage?  Very disappointing, Journal World, very disappointing.

Comments

UNIKU 1 year, 11 months ago

Journal World -- you should be ashamed of yourself! Jon & Jan trained very hard for this race so they could get mentioned in the newspaper and you deprived them of that! Shameful! Some people run to be healthy -- these guys run to get mentioned in the local paper. And you runied it! I hope you are happy JW. Pffff.....Get. Over. Yourself!

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cheeseburger 1 year, 11 months ago

The LJW operates on a skeleton crew during the weekends, and thus if an event doesn't happen in their parking lot, it's probably not going to be covered.

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grean_lantern 1 year, 11 months ago

The Journal World, as I am told, assigned no one to report on this event and made no plans at all because they are "understaffed." Sports editor Keegan apparently too busy diagramming LCC golf course to cover a major running event in Lawrence and Community Editor Trowbridge asleep at the wheel. Unbelievably bad job by the LJW. Becoming less surprising however with a reporting staff that rarely leaves their desks. Here's a news tip for Keegan, Trowbridge, et al.....there will be a Half Ironman event here in June with a lot of people....you may want to consider sending out an intern or something. No KU recruits are planning on attending, however.

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christy kennedy 1 year, 11 months ago

I had to miss the whole thing this year and was expecting front page photos and a story. It is a great event, people do come from all over, and it raises a lot of money. What gives?

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thuja 1 year, 11 months ago

Proof perhaps that The Krell have left and the Machine is self-sufficient.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 11 months ago

There was some "pre-game" coverage by LJW: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr...

There was also this post-marathon blurb: "Lawrence police arrested a suspected drunken driver at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the 1600 block of Massachusetts Street in the middle of the Kansas Half Marathon, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman. The race began at 7:30 a.m. crossed Massachusetts Street at 17th Street at the beginning and end of the race.

No one was injured, but a 28-year-old Lawrence man was arrested." http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr...

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