Quote Of The Day
“Here’s what track and field fans need to be able to see: the mainstream is lame …
Runner’s World has done as much to support track and field as any publication, and probably more. But its editors have to pay the bills, too. They know they can’t survive only by catering to the competitive athlete. And yet that spirit of competition is what separates track and field from the marathon mainstream who believe participation, not performance, should be the focus of our races; from the mud runners who don’t have the stomach for the cold, hard numbers of the stopwatch and therefore eschew finishing clocks altogether; from those who would make the 10k footrace a rarity because it is too short to brag about simply completing but too long and painful for a recreational effort. These are the potential fans we’re trying to win over?”
– Paul Coover, writing in a provocative column entitled, “Track is dead – for now (and that’s a good thing),” where he advocates that track focus on its base not being popular: “We need to embrace track for what it is: a minor sport with some of the coolest, most devoted fans in the world.”
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