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Subject: RE: NO MORE RABBITS IN ZURICH!!
On the grand, grand scheme of things, an indoor title is lower on the totem pole. Outdoor has always been given more regard. Even in the fictional sense...["Once a Runner"]. There are plenty of good runners who are still putting in mileage and strength-work during this period.
With that said, I was merely giving an example of both Teg and Daniel, the intention wasn't to spark a debate whether these athletes can or cannot achieve certain marks. Rather, my point was simple: Tactical races give the relative-unknown a chance and that makes the event more exciting for the casual-average-joe fan.
If we look at another sport, Nascar, we can see a similar change that has helped popularize their sport. Specifically, their 2 super speedways; Daytona and Talledega(sp?). In the past, cars would rip fast lap times and you wouldn't see much competition, rather groups of cars in single file. Albeit, it was fast, it wasn't exciting for more than 20-30 laps. Imagine watching 400-500 miles of this.
They then instituted restrictor plates (also for safety), which in effect slowed down the cars enough to allow most cars to be competitive to some extent. This keeps millions of rednecks around the country entertained.
Surely, more tightly-bunched-tactical track races can attract more spectators as well. After all, what does a 12:56 5k mean to billy bob? Absolutely nothing.
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