So its Monday and I get into the office and am thinking of things to do this week and one of them was "praise USATF for trying"
I saw people ripping the online broadcast for the 'small crowds' at the race. I was like, "Are you kdding?" You are upset there aren't crowds at a road race?
Then I see this thread.
I think USATF should be commended for trying to own and run their own event. I was there. It was a beautiful location, it was well run and there great fields.
Whether it's ultimately a success or not financially is another story.
A guy this week got on my for "always being negative and focusing on the one thing that's wrong with something (I picked apart one part of Mary Cain's interview I hated)". I wrote back and was like "That is a tendency of mine" and am thus working on not only finding the one negative thing about something.
Perhaps you should try as well.
So I thought it was a great effort by USATF. If you want to complain that the points system is unfair, then that's one issue to complain about. It's sort of like the PGA Tour's fed-ex up - people complain about the points.
But complaining about USATF starting the .US championships is foolish. To complain when USATF went ALL OUT and dropped well more than $100,000 on US distance runners yesterday (that was just the prize money and I'm sure the event lost money) is just absurd, particularly when you are complaining about some point system no one paid attention to begin with.
So if Molly or Shalane win the event with a few races? Who cares? At least a big name is running a few more events. Before no one was even talking about the series. It's only 6k for first so it's not like it's that big of a deal.. IF you are good enough to win the circuit, you've got to be pretty good anyway and have earned a decent amount of prize money.
PS. How do you like them apples? The new and improved Runnersworld/Flotrack version of Rojo. I only say positive happy things.