wrote: offal take
Yeah, you started “playing devil’s advocate” after whining about how unfairly BTC is treated and then getting downvoted because your take was terrible. Most people think that their lack of racing is a problem. You can defend the way they do things all day long but don’t try to veil your obvious bias with this “athletes need to do what’s best for them” nonsense. If the the rest of the world emulated BTC’s model there would be nothing left to watch.
How is running at a DL meet somehow worse for the fans than running a 2nd event at USAs? Maybe you only care about domestic meets and outdoor global finals?
I don't hate BTC or anything, but can we agree that the handling of Woody, Marc Scott and even Fisher from April on is a bit tough for fans? Hopefully the US guys are unleashed somewhat following the Olympics. Scott has Commonwealth Games and European Champs so I'd doubt it.
Fisher's outdoors after that 10K AR:
10K champs 1500 at a B-level meet in Portland Track Festival
Woody's outdoors after pacing the 10K AR:
10K DNF B heat 5000 at Portland Track Festival so he can have a kicking battle with Marc Scott Too hurt for Pre (maybe?)
Marc Scott outdoors:
9th place in B heat 1500 at Pre Classic, which was for guys chasing the standard or who couldn't get into the proper meet (Scott could've run in the DL 5K undoubtedly) B heat 5000 at Portland Track Festival so he can have a kicking battle with Marc Scott
Now this isn't to say this is a BTC problem only. The Hocker/Teare duo really only has the Bowerman mile and then their own time trials. Elle Purrier has Pre and that's it. Ditto Sinclaire Johnson and well she's got an 800 too. Paul Chelimo has just 2 races (though they were both legit with Kip Keino 1500 and Pre 5000). Josh Kerr - 2 races, just 1 particularly legit. Moh Ahmed notably has an admirable schedule with 2 DL 5Ks and he's BTC.
But Ritz at least is racing his team in interesting spots. I admire it, and hope other athletes/teams take notice.