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Old 02-12-2009, 08:45 AM   #31
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Like i said , if you wanna call it a sport , you can. You mentioned that the corner marshaling is the hardest part of the entire thing....you are right. Anyone who does "that part"....i guess would be considered an athlete i guess

We had a guy who raced at one of our tracks that was pretty good , but he was in a wheelchair. Since he couldn't corner marshal , but he could drive pretty well.....would you of considered him an actual athlete since he couldn't corner marshal?

The driving part of this "hobby" is no different than playing a video game to be honest. You can be the most out of shape person on the planet and still do well....but if you want to call it a sport , and it makes you feel good...go ahead.

If it was shown on ESPN....it would fall into the "entertainment" category....kind of like WWE is. At least in the WWE , those guys ARE in extremely good shape and are considered athletes. You don't need any special athletic abilities what so ever to race an RC car....just a ton of practice and dialing your car in.....and maybe some good eyesight and depth perception.

I will also stand by what i said , is i'll burn way more calories , and get a better work out washing my car , or playing with my dog in the back yard.

so to each his own. Call it a "sport" and get the weird looks from everyone else that will think you are crazy.

It's a bad a$$ hobby for sure , and i love it. And i raced a lot , not just bashed. Never really got a good workout from anything ever in RC.

Oh yeah....forgot to mention , i corner marshaled for two strait 6-8 hour days at the huge Hindsight MX indoor track for all the RC racers during a big race last year. That is the huge indoor arenacross track i ran for 3-1/2 years. But since i never drove one car that entire time , and took someone else spot for corner marshaling.....would that make me the athlete , and the other guy not? I chased cars all weekend long....and i didn't fell like it improved my athletisisim in my RC racing career.
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i think that it is both because if you are doing an organized race then its a sport but what if your just bashing in the street or just having a just for fun race with your friends that dose not realy have any rules so its both
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I'm not offended that you're arguing against R/C being a "sport", as I really don't care whether it's considered a sport or not, but I think you painted R/C people with a big brush.

I'm an avid R/C guy. I'm in relatively good shape for a 36 y.o. engineer. My job isn't physically demanding, unless you count the high amount of stress, but I'm a very active person - I'm not one to veg out in front of the TV.

You said something about getting into dirt bikes, softball, etc. or people missing out. Your statement kinda sounded like R/C racers don't do those things. I don't know a whole lot about other R/C guys, but I'm physically active in spite of my long hours of nerdy work and long-ish hours in R/C. I actually enjoy marshaling, too, and I think it shows to the other drivers. I run fast to people's cars and I'll run all over the track if I have to.

I played tennis on my high school and college teams, I still play tennis, I still ride BMX, and walk/run frequently. Part of your post gives me the impression that R/C guys are generally out of shape.

R/C is a hobby to me personally, not a sport. Perhaps I misunderstood you, but I'm a little taken back by your strong words in that part of your post.
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good points by all three of you guys above me. And yeah , i still got the butterflies in the RC racing , before every single race. Actually because i was new to it 5 years ago , and raced MX for 30...i got more butterflies doing the RC thing. I would find myself falling asleep on the gate for MX sometimes.
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I'm not offended that you're arguing against R/C being a "sport", as I really don't care whether it's considered a sport or not, but I think you painted R/C people with a big brush.

I'm an avid R/C guy. I'm in relatively good shape for a 36 y.o. engineer. My job isn't physically demanding, unless you count the high amount of stress, but I'm a very active person - I'm not one to veg out in front of the TV.

You said something about getting into dirt bikes, softball, etc. or people missing out. Your statement kinda sounded like R/C racers don't do those things. I don't know a whole lot about other R/C guys, but I'm physically active in spite of my long hours of nerdy work and long-ish hours in R/C. I actually enjoy marshaling, too, and I think it shows to the other drivers. I run fast to people's cars and I'll run all over the track if I have to.

I played tennis on my high school and college teams, I still play tennis, I still ride BMX, and walk/run frequently. Part of your post gives me the impression that R/C guys are generally out of shape.

R/C is a hobby to me personally, not a sport. Perhaps I misunderstood you, but I'm a little taken back by your strong words in that part of your post.
I never intended to paint the RC crowd with a brush....if that's the way it sounded. I'm an "rc guy" too. The point , and only point i have been trying to make is i don't call RC a sport....and i did race quite a bit. I have met some of the coolest people i know in RC , and that's a fact. I'm just stating my opinion on weather i think RC is considered a sport , since there is no real athletic abilty needed to do well.

I'm sorry if my words offended anyone , i never meant to do that. Just stating my opinion of the "sport or hobby" aspect of this thread.
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This isn't up for debate everyone so there's no need to FORCE your opinion on everyone. Just state what you think, protect your position and regardless the other folks aren't wrong.

It's not an athletic sport, but it is a competition. Much like playing "GO-FISH" with your little brother.
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I like competition and the thought process it takes to be as fast and consistent as I can around a track. I guess it's the competion that makes me think of it as a sport. If a sport is defined as being physical or a athlete then this is def. not a sport. I know when I travel to a RC race I go to win. Anyhow it doesn't really matter it's pretty fun.
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I am a fairly athletic guy. Raced BMX at a national level and have the bad knees and joints that go along with it. To call rc racing a sport is a definitely a stretch. Before I go up on the driver's stand, I get the same nervousness and butterflies I got when I raced BMX. However, there is absolutely no physical exertion required which is what disqualifies it from being a sport in my eyes. Competitive? Yes, but sport to me seems to imply physical exertion.

For the record, these aren't sports either.

Chess
Golf
Bowling
Fishing
Darts
Curling
Figure Skating (Yeah, it takes physical exertion, but putting on makeup and sequines crosses the line)
Target shooting
The gymnastics with the stupid ribbon
Synchronized swimming
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i never thought rc was a sport because a sport to me has always been something thats physically demanding like soccer and football, but thinking of it more that would mean golf and nascar wouldnt be a sport either. when someone asks me what i do i say im a "sports athlete" cause i race dirt bikes for a career but when someone asks ryan cavalieri what he does saying a sports athlete wouldnt be what he is but he does something that takes a lot of skill. so in my opinion its a hobby for me, but for the big name drivers i would say its there sport.

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I know that this is a rc thread but NASCAR is a sport and very physically demanding on the drivers. It may look like the cars are easy to drive and stuck to the track but they are not. The fast cars are on the verge of loosing it every corner and every lap. The drivers get more of a work out than most people think.
As far as the perception of us racing rc cars to the general public. Most people think of rc cars as a tyco car they can buy at the local wal mart. If you take the time to show someone your car and had them try to drive it they will not think of it as a tyco they had as a kid. Everyone that I have taken the time to show my cars to are very impressed with what we do. Still may not be considered a sport but is more respected by the public.
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I am a fairly athletic guy. Raced BMX at a national level and have the bad knees and joints that go along with it. To call rc racing a sport is a definitely a stretch. Before I go up on the driver's stand, I get the same nervousness and butterflies I got when I raced BMX. However, there is absolutely no physical exertion required which is what disqualifies it from being a sport in my eyes. Competitive? Yes, but sport to me seems to imply physical exertion.

For the record, these aren't sports either.

Chess
Golf
Bowling
Fishing
Darts
Curling
Figure Skating (Yeah, it takes physical exertion, but putting on makeup and sequines crosses the line)
Target shooting
The gymnastics with the stupid ribbon
Synchronized swimming

If you were paralyzed from the pecker down you couldn't do ANY of those things you listed above except for chess, RC, and target shooting. I guess you could still play darts but odds are you'd suck pretty bad at it. You can still get drunk though.
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RC racing is soemtimes on TV. On Fox Sports Net they were having the 2007 ROAR nats at the nitro pit in arizona and it was on fsn arizona.

I think alot of people are thinking that a sport HAS to be physically demanding. If darts is a sport, I dont know how you can not call RC a sport.
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to all that are sayin rc is a sport you really going to call degani an athleat?

Racing rc is like playing videogames outside, to those that say marshalling is exerting you ever see euros marshal In a lawn chair with a beer in one hand and a smoke in the other.
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to all that are sayin rc is a sport you really going to call degani an athleat?

Racing rc is like playing videogames outside, to those that say marshalling is exerting you ever see euros marshal In a lawn chair with a beer in one hand and a smoke in the other.
Hmmm... I think I need to race in Europe!

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Yea, for me personally its a Hobby.. cant really see it as a sport as such. But people will have there own opinions...
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