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Poster: Spread it around a bit
Subject: RE: WSJ article on pro-runner salaries
The WSJ also had a great article about the decathlon and basically how $200,000 from Visa which they describe as a "rounding error" in Visa's budget was enough seed money to help keep the US dominant in the dec.
I think a bit more money out there for for the people who are, for example, numbers 5-15 in the US in their event could pay big dividends in keeping talent in the sport long enough to develop. Groups like the Hansons have never had big money but they have given a lot of runners a shot at getting good at the marathon and produced 2 Olympic marathoners. That's the kind of encouragement the sport needs and it wouldn't cost that much in the big scheme of things, especially when you compare it to the money in the NFL, NBA, college football, etc.
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