I'm in medical school and volunteer with doctors without borders usa branch...You tell me what I'm doing wrong.
How are the runner's in America going to get better, sir? Until you can solve this conundrum, you might want to shut your yapper and worry about contributing to society, other than bringing up a topic that has been brought up at least 10 times in the last few months. It's getting old.
you could argue that they're doing a lot as far as contributing to society. inspiring others to run and be active is pretty important. there aren't too many forces helping to convince people that exercise is an important part of life. in the state of fat america, i think it's good for people to see.
From the original poster:
"I think its a sham and gives those runners an excuse not to contribute to society in better ways besides thinking they will one day win gold at the olympics or whatever."
I infer from this statement that the poster implies that the members of Hansons or NOP should give up running and "get a real job" so to speak. This is a common sentiment on threads like this and invariably this type of sentiment comes from some bitter cubicle dweller upset about how there life turned out. No person who was really doing something they are passionate about (be they doctors, teachers, athletes, engineers, composers, etc...) would express this sentiment as they would realize that there are many ways in which someone can contribute to society by doing what they love. Only people who feel there life has no meaning feel the need to claim others lives are worthless as well.
Are the so-called Brooks Hanson's Distance Project and the Nike Oregon Project really worth the effor, time, and money? How many "real" world class runners have they produced. And when I mean world class runners I'm talking about sub 2:10 marathoners, sub 28 10k etc. I think its a sham and gives those runners an excuse not to contribute to society in better ways besides thinking they will one day win gold at the olympics or whatever. Also, take Bob Kempainen for example, he didn't live like a monk in the woods hoping to get faster. He attended medical school, ran 2:08.47, ran in 2 olympic games and is now giving back to society as a medical doctor.