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Why was distance running so popular in the 70s (or 80s)? Was it more popular than football?
I always keep hearing about the "golden days of the 70s/80s". Why was distance running so popular then? Was it more popular than football, or baskeball? Or was it just a more "mainstream" sport? Was it because of people like Prefontaine?

If you look at many old courses that have been around for decades (I come from California, so the courses that have been around for a long time here off the top of my head are Crystal Springs, Mt. Sac, and Woodward Park). A lot of the top 20 times are from the 70s and 80s... for example, on Crystal Springs, in the last decade there have only been a handful of boys and girls that have gotten on to the top 20 list (Tori Tyler being the most notable, for her amazing 16:51 run all alone).

Why is this? You'd think with all this new technology today the record books would be constantly reset, but no, most of the records are from decades ago...

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