Anyway, I got an email yesterday saying registration for that same race, Baltimore's Survivor Harbor 7, opens on January 1. And! if you register within the first 25 hours you will receive as a token of appreciation a "vintage" tech t-shirt and pair of socks. Guess which t-shirt and socks are considered "vintage" this year. Last's year's t-shirt and socks!
What's old is new again.
So here's another twist on the debate: Is it kosher to wear the swag from a previous year if you didn't run that race that year, even though it was given to you because you're running it this year? And if it wasn't ok for me to wear the swag last year when it was new (even though I did), would be ok for me to wear it this year because it's "vintage" now and given to everyone who registers the first day they're able?
Obviously, there are no easy answers here. There are many moral, ethical, and legal dilemmas to consider when it comes to race swag. I mean, first there's the issue of.... eh, nothing. It all comes down to juju. Is it bad juju to take advantage of this promotion, good juju, or is there a neutral juju effect? As with everything, it's all about science.