Shimmy Mack wrote:
...and you guys can all still sleep on Max King.
Dude begged to get into the elite field (wasn't invited), drove himself to the start and didn't get any special "elite water bottles on the table" treatment.
Another year of solid training, he'll be right there around 2:12-2:11
Sage Canaday got into the elite field but Max King didn't? I don't get why Sage gets these kind of special benefits when Max doesn't. Max is faster and tougher, with better PRs, more range, and a much more impressive resume, not to mention that he's a better ambassador to the sport, as his objectives aren't so obviously centered on peddling the next sponsor product or overpriced coaching slot to make a quick buck. Max is not going to run a 2:11-2:12 without focusing on the marathon, which seems like something he's unlikely to do, but in a hard race with super hot or windy conditions, I can easily see him being top 10 on his toughness alone.
Regarding the subject, good for Ward. I like seeing the humble guys succeed. Hall's religious beliefs have brought him overconfidence, while Ward's have brought him patience, which matters a lot in marathoning.