I'm not a fan of Dean K. but it is a fact that he has generated more awareness of distance running, especially in the Bay Area. That's all I'm saying. I'm nowhere near as talented as Magdalena, nor do I have the training discipline she has, but I'm a fairly decent marathon runner and most people can't make a meaningful distinction between me and someone who ran in the Trials (a distinction of roughly 5 minutes, as it were.) They also can't make a distinction between me and a certain self-promoting ultra runner, and when confronted with his example in social settings I'm sometimes compelled to point out that I smoke him by half an hour in a marathon. While I may feel a slight indignation at being compared to Dean K, I think that's better than having those people be completely ignorant about the sacrifices you make to be a distance runner. Face it, one thing people do know about Dean is that he spends a LOT of time running.
So all I'm saying is that without Dean's celebrity, this local publication might just have carried a shorter article about Magdelena - or maybe not, but fewer people might have read it. Nothing wrong with a silver lining.