Quote Of The Day
Mary Wittenberg: “I no longer believe we should be pushing the pace [to reach a two-hour marathon]. I think, at a period in this sport’s history where doping has become a real concern, that we should do everything we can to go back to racing and competition and not superhuman feats. You put a lot of incentive on time with money and glory, I think it can heighten the risk that somebody might cheat.”
Yannis Pitsiladis: “I want to beat those on drugs. I want to say, in a sense, yes, drugs have been taken, but not by my athletes, and I’ve just smashed the two-hour barrier without them. It breaks the argument ‘I’m going to use drugs because it works more than science.'”
– Former NYRR CEO Mary Wittenberg and sports scientist and Sub2 Project founder Yannis Pitsiladis taking opposing stances on the modern day emphasis on running fast marathon times and the pursuit of the sub-2 hour marathon. Comes from a great article in the NY Times, part 2 of which is here and has a lot of interesting insights on Kenenisa Bekele‘s London Marathon comeback.
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