Quote Of The Day
“The original running boom leaders had to be creative just to get noticed, consider the five-borough New York City Marathon in 1976. The current crowd doesn’t have to be creative. They just keep repeating the same old story over and over again. Everyone is satisfied with the status quo. There’s no electricity in the racing anymore. It’s just reshuffling the deck every year. There’s no impact, no juice …”
“The leadership in the sport failed to draw people’s attention to the professional side of the sport. People see the event as the sport, but it’s not, the race is. I couldn’t tell you who won Boston last year. We know Meb won in 2014, because it was so unusual. But in general, the race makes no impact at all, because the focus is on the event. The race has become perfunctory, an after-thought.”
– Quotes from Pat Lynch, the man in charge of the elite athletes at the Boston Marathon from 1986 to 2012, in a great Toni Reavis article on why our beloved sport struggles for popularity. Is track’s popularity simply a marketing problem or something inherent with the sport?
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