Quote Of The Day
“… Back then if you were a good local runner you got free shoes. If you got a little bit better you got some trips paid for. Then when you were faster yet you got a little appearance money and more trips. This tiered structure got people to do road racing and encouraged people to improve. Since now running is a career, if guys aren’t making money they think, ‘Why should I bother with this. I can go and do something else.’ I made money – I made living, but that wasn’t why we did it. We were doing it for different reasons. People were willing to make sacrifices and not make a living, but to find ways to survive just so they could run. We wanted that glory or something – I’m not sure why we did it. Now since it is a career, if people aren’t succeeding at a certain level, they just quit doing it or quit doing it as hard. They must think, ‘What’s the point? Why bother?'”
– US 1980 marathon Olympic team member Benji Durden, talking about the depth of U.S. men’s distance running in the late 1970s and 1980s. At the 1983 Boston Marathon, Durden ran 2:09:57 and was only 3rd, finishing behind two Americans.
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