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We owe our gratitude to the Nike Oregon Project. Whether or not people are fans of their methods, or the individual athletes, they must respect what has been accomplished. We would not enjoy the sport as we do today if Alberto Salazar, Tom Clarke, and Nike didnâ€™t take a vision and apply manpower to fulfilling it. Runners coming out of college wouldnâ€™t have the same opportunities with shoe contracts and training groups if it wasnâ€™t for the tone that was set by the Nike Oregon Project. So, a thank you is due, not only from runners and fans, but from all the young kids that will grow up with the chance to pursue running like so many athletes before them could not.