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Poster: Keeping it real in running
Subject: RE: WSJ article on pro-runner salaries
The sponsorship issue is what it is, it fluxuates in the sport and always has. If you are dependent soley or largely on sponsor dollars you are in a potentially bad situation and unfortunately there simply isn't much (if any) appearance fees and prize money in track ...... but there is in road racing.
This is why track is a stagnant (at best) to dieing (at worse) sport and the future is in road racing (growing rapidly). The athletes who accept this and move to the roads are less likely to starve then the die-hards who cling to the track - and worse yet the less popular track events like the steeplechase.
Ben made most of his money on the roads but trained for the track, and if he had focused his racing and training on the roads he would have likely doubled his income.
And BTW - the sponsors care how many twitter followers you have, how many FB likes you have and the popularity of your website almost as much as your PR's. The athletes who ignore these areas do so at the their own detriment when it comes to sponsor dollars.
The track is nice and can be fun until you turn pro, then if you want to make a living you are best off moving to the roads.
Running is running, so why not do your running where you can make a better living at it.
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