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Subject: RE: Is this the sort of publicity marathons want?
I pretty much agree with you. Just hear so many comments of the "I can relate to that story" kind. Yet even those of us not so fast who train and want to do as well as our (limited) talent allows find it harder to relate to someone who (comment overheard during a race) says "We might as well relax. We're not going to win." This while I was giving it my all to reach my time goal. So I like to hear about people who have goals and reach for them--and these could be the thoroughbreds at the front or the folks trying to break 3 hours or 4 hours--who have put their heart into training. And I want to learn what I can from reading the stories of those who are much faster. As they stretch the boundaries of what humans are capable of, they call on the rest of us to extend our own boundaries.
I think of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute barrier and after much talk of its being impossible, people followed him in quick succession. And maybe many more took their training to another level. And once one woman broke 2:20 in the marathon, others also did--and many more who probably wouldn't come even close to that possibly thought, "maybe I can break x:xx for my marathon."
And true, the expense of keeping a course open longer would certainly seem to undercut the money collected from doing so. When I ran my first marathon, I think 5:30 was the cut-off, and I doubt the marathon in question went broke. But the demand for a longer time has also risen--and so many race organizers respond to that demand. Not saying they should/shouldn't. But it seems to be the trend.
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