Saratoga Marathoner Shunned After Refusing to Put Sticker on His Car

By Fenwick Jolsen

Published December 8th, 2014

SARATOGA — Curt Ramsay loves running.

“It’s just something I do,” said the 46-year old sales executive from Saratoga Springs. “Traveling a six-county region five days a week selling rubber sheets to roadside motels is exhausting. This is how I blow off stream. It’s how I clear my head.”

But Ramsay, an accomplished marathoner who’s competed in such high-profile races as Boston and New York City, recently ran afoul of his fellow runners, who now consider him less welcome in their world than diarrhea on race day.

“They want me to put one of those trendy ’26.2’ stickers on the trunk of my car,” Ramsay said, shaking his head. “Well, I ain’t gonna do it. I don’t wanna and they can’t make me.”

Dick Pearson, president of the Capital Region Running Club, said Ramsay’s decision to “buck the trend” of white Yuppies everywhere is upsetting.

“Just who the hell does he think he is?” Pearson asked incredulously. “He’s either one of us, or he’s against us. There is no middle ground.”

Exactly when the 26.2-sticker trend began is difficult to say, though running historians have unofficially traced one the earliest sightings back to 2004, when the familiar black-and-white oval was spotted on the Volvo of Jasper Goldberg, a former 378-pound fatso who took up running to lose weight.

Yet, Yanni Joshi of the Pew Research Center said despite the proliferation of the omnipresent stickers, a study conducted in late 2013 determined “the overwhelming majority of the public still does not care whatsoever that you or anybody else has run 26.2 miles for no apparent reason.”

Nonetheless, Pearson said he and others like him have an obligation to boast.

“Look,” said Pearson. “I’m not only a runner, I’m also a Yuppie. And given that, I have a responsibility to be completely obnoxious.”


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