Discuss? I love watching the trials and seeing the underdogs compete in a competitive-only field. It gives sub elites an almost attainable goal, constantly dangled just a few minutes from their PR's, - enough for motivation. It was a standard almost attainable by the working runner. It allowed young (or older) up and comers the chance to experience a large venue and makes for good spectating. The new standard just ensures an elite only competition and destroys the tradition of the Olympic marathon trials. What will Sage Canaday do? Etc.