Those are fair points, particularly the point that there will e fundraising specifically for this. Still, there are only so many dollars to be had in this sport, and every dollar that goes to this could have been solicited to develop a younger athlete or draw a younger athlete into the sport. In short, I'm only going to donate so many dollars per year to various causes. If I make a donation to support masters championships, that means some other group (perhaps a youth running program) won't get a donation.
I love masters running, and while I would love to see true national and international championship masters meets on the one hand, I don't think that is the best way to allocate finite resources in a sport that is desperate for traction.
Then again, no matter what we do, Americans just don't seem to care too much about our sport, so maybe it isn't sub a bad use.
Wrong. There are not so many dollars to be had. There is so much more out there. That is a very weak argument.
All the same to me. I see no difference between supporting youth track or masters track. I have donated to both.
In some ways I may favor supporting masters track over anything else. Why wouldn't you support the health of an aging population? There are many, many more resources already for open and youth athletes.
WE all benefit when older adults stay healthy, active and engaged. You need to think this through a bit more.