[ Return to Index ] [ Original Message ]Original Message
By entering these forums you agree to our Rules
on the logo to return to our homepage
|Author: ||Sean Middleton|
|Subject: ||RE: NO MORE RABBITS IN ZURICH!!|
Professional athletes have bonuses in their contracts for achieving certain times. Paced races help athletes achieve these times. For athletes on the European track circuit running is their livelihood. I think if you asked, the majority of athletes would tell you they would rather come 8th at Zurich and run 3:31 than win and run 3:35. Oftentimes the difference between 3:31 and 3:34 is having the means to travel to altitude/sea level, get physio, eat properly, etc. - in short do all the things that help them reach their potential as athletes. Running 3:34 might mean not getting that bonus and consequentially having to cut corners, skipping massages, not getting an MRI when you really need one because you are trying to save money, etc. - things that are extremely detrimental to the development and performance of an athlete.
This isn't an issue with Zurich, as it's the top track meet in the world, but paced races at smaller meets allow athletes to run fast enough to gain entry to larger meets. For instance, a 13:20 athlete sits behind pacemakers for 3K at Heusden and goes on to run 13:12 which allows him to get into a race like Stockholm where he can run even faster.
For people in the stands that are just fans and don't have the insight into the realities of being a professional athlete I can see how unrabbited free-for-all type races might be appealing to watch. However, for athletes, taking out the pacemakers is an extremely bad development. Championship races are for tactics and winning; races like Monaco, Stockholm, Heusden, Zurich, Crystal Palace, etc. are for running fast.
To combat message board spam (by non runners). We are making people answer a brief question before they can post on a thread that is over 20 days old.
If you answer this question you should be able to post.