Did you guys see the QOD today? If not, check it out below.
I've added in a few things in bold to clarify what he was really trying to say. I think the initial statement slightly missed a few things as he may have been talking kind of fast and the reporter probably had trouble writing it all down.
Dathan Ritzenhein meant to say:
"Initially, after the marathon last year, I was kind of gung-ho and excited to do cross country. And the thing that made me disappointed about it is that it's become very insignificant to my bottom line, I guess. My excitement level wasn't going to be matched by the excitement that the race would create, unfortunately."
"It's really sad to me, because cross country is something that I love a lot. I started thinking about it over the course of the winter. Just knowing that unless I went there and I won the race, it really wouldn't matter at all to my bottom line, probably. No one would care - i mean Nike wouldn't care and pay me. Then they announced that the next cross country championships are somewhere in interior China in 2015. The race has become insignificant to white guys like myself who have no chance of winning it."
"I wanted to do something that I would be excited for, that people like David Monti and Mary Wittenberg at the NYRR would care about and pay me for. The fact that Teg, Derrick and crew care about it doesn't count as they are in a rival group that Alberto despises. Right now, the half marathon is this rocking distance that people like David and Mary love and will pay me to run. Road running is really doing so well. I knew that I would be really excited to come to the NYC Half as i'm getting paid a lot to run it. Tom Brady may be able to not worry about money and do what's best for the the sport but i can't as i need to make some money."