To 'accommodate NBC's broadcast schedule'? For $ for them? What?
How about accommodating the internationally flat-lining - but showing newly discovered heartbeats - US marathon effort?
How about accommodating our country's best runners and letting them compete in the best possible conditions?
As far back as the 80's and 90's American born runners were running sub- 2:10 http://running.competitor.com/2015/05/news/top-25-all-time-u-s-marathon-times-men_129010
Today we are choosing among a bevy of 2:11-2:12 pr guys to fill out our top 10 bracket here. We *need* to see some groovy times to get a little fired up, develop more of a national following, and develop some strong mojo (not just wejo).
The trials were (and still are) a chance for a resurgence, some quick times (maybe not as much now), and new names.
It's the Olympic trials. Perhaps our best known and some newer young up and comers, peaking down curiously from their 2:10-2:11 perches, could seize the day, and trials euphoria, and charge and blast something under 2:08! And get people a little fired up!! Maybe within sight of the East African times again!?
No, probably not now. Accommodate NBC schedule.
Now, heat. All runners know marathons are scheduled (even freakishly) early in the day and in the fall to keep core heat down and times low. Not this one. Not the second biggest marathon for US runners every four years i.m.o.
Now the smart race will probably be nobody goes until late in the race. (Some peloton breakers, bless them, notwithstanding).
People will suffer through and probably trudge to 2:12+.... three guys to make our team. Yay. Our best guys will probably go, but I don't think the times are going to be sexy.
Hope nobody gets injured Saturday.
Shame on NBC, and the USATF(!), for scheduling this event too late toward the middle of the day knowing of potential heat. Even the amateurs will go off at 7am the next day.
The tail wagging the dog. #shame #respectathletes #athletesfirst #greedisbad
Still hoping Ritz and Luke and Meb and even Rupp and Estrada etc. go for it smartly and pace themselves and leave their b*lls out there. And whomever gets 1-2-3 for the U.S. gets geeked up to represent the US at the Olympic world stage. Rooting for the gals too - their top 10 bracket pretty open after the top 4-5 or so as well - make us proud, go for it!!!