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|Subject: ||RE: Has Nike's NXN ruined Footlocker National?|
I was at NXN and have been to Footlocker West many times. I believe the future is NXN. Footlocker had been good for the very best 32, now 40 top runners. What about the other young runners that gained positive exposure at NTN? There are a couple of hundred runners going back home after NTN after having an amazing experience and are going to train harder to go back and inspire up and coming teammates to work hard to get back. Several hundred runners that just missed making it will be training hard to beat the others. With Footlocker there are also runners trying to qualify but way less. We need MORE runners fighting to get to an event like NXN. I rode back from the race with Alan Webb and he felt the NXN was a better event than when he went to Footlocker. Plus Nike brings in athletes like Lagat, Webb, Flanigan, Ritz, Tegenkamp, Abdi and Gouchers to be part of the event and inspirations to the kids. All the talk about Nike making $$ is crap. Every company will benefit if teams and individuals get better and bring more attention to the sport.
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