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Subject: RE: 2016 Marathon Trials Standards
To a certain extent, I'll agree with you. People love to identify with the working class/sub-elite crowd simply because it's where most of us fall into. It gives us something to aim for. Not everyone has the luxury of working part time and training full time...but people love to see stories about their local accountant who works 50 hours/week go out and runs 120 miles/week and just barely qualifies. If they lower the standards, there may (will) be less people like this.
BUUUUTTT....remember when they changed the standard from 2:22 to 2:19? Everyone on here (including myself) was saying it was ridiculous because there would most likely be less than 50 guys in the race. You know what, guys stepped up to the challenge. There are currently 158 men who qualified. Granted, only 82 of them had a sub-2:19 marathon...but still far more than most of us expected.
As someone who is an extreme longshot to hit the OTQ standard in 4, 8 or even 12 more years...it disheartens me to see the standards possibly get stricter. As a fan of the sport, I think it's a good thing.
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