Remember in 2013 when a group of All Star male collegiate runners (Mark Amirault (Pr â€™10), Tom Dialynas (Pr â€™12), Jon Gault (D â€™12), Dan Lowry (B â€™12), Brendan Martin (Col â€™11), Kyle Merber (Col â€™12), Ethan Shaw (D â€™12), Joe Stilin (Pr â€™12), and Trevor Van Ackeren (Pr â€™12) ran at the Izumo Ekiden. They came in 14th. We can say the Japanese collegiate men are better than ours. Probably the women too. They just don't translate to professional track. Think this speaks to the fact there is no money in track and field, Money is in the marathon and the roads. If you consider it financially worthwhile. I think most of the Japanese athletes just go and get a job, like most. I would think getting a decent job is going to be at least triple what a decent road runner makes. Not everyone has to go for the Olympic dream.