Anyone notice that CLUB runners are starting to finish with the pros? Twin cities track club had two runners right behind Andrew Carlson and ahead of another professional Team Minnesota runner Ben Sathre. Lunch bucket guys that are making the elites start to look like maybe they should start training / racing like pros! The club system will rise and the supposed pros will be exposed. No wonder the sponsors are starting to see our sport really is a joke minus a few pros like Teg and Mo.
In fairness, the pro runners here are largely B teamers. The A teamers are usually on the track circuit and are your guys like Rupp, Lomong, Lagat, Ritz, Sol, Derrick, etc. I'm quite certain if any of those guys were racing the club runners wouldn't have even been in sight.
I'm a little lost though on how some good club runners (not like you can't be a "club" runner, work your a$$ off, and be good) finishing up with some pros makes the sport a joke though...care to elaborate on that connection?