1. "Runners World, the bible for the competitive long distance runner"
Instead, should say: "Runners World, what crossfit tools think is an authority on competitive long distance running but is widely regarded by competitive long distance runners as a worthless glossy magazine full of hobby jogger advice"
2. "Out are the LD runs that favor skinny boys".
Instead, should say: "Out are races where Crossfit tools regularly get beat by 45+ year old women and 55+ year old men"
3. "real life races"
Running 26.2; 13.1; 10k or 5k on a road has no more to do with real life than running through mud, over obstacles and through fire pits with a bunch of crossfit tools dressed up in costumes.
4. "Who is the biggest, strongest and fastest ATHLETE."
Instead should say "who is the most insecure, body image obsessed, washed up high school jock who is tired of not being able to even age group at the local Kiwanis Club 5k race"
5. "The pure runners that try it usually finish far behind"
I actually though about doing a warrior whatever they called it race that was 10 mi long with a bunch of obstacles. With a light frame, I can generally climb things as fast as big jocks because I have so little body weight to lift in comparison. I looked to see what kind of times people did from previous years. Turns out that they do not keep track of results. They had some bs claim about the event being about commraderie. But the real reason is that they cannot fit everyone on the course at the same time and are too cheap to do wave starts with chip timing.
Like with crossfit, if this is what youlike to do, fine. But don't kid yourself into thinking that you are superior because you do these events. You are not.