NYRR "control" nearly all their fields (ie don't allow 30 Kenyans to run) and I haven't heard many complaints. I bet most people don't even realize it's being done. At the same time, they go out and get some of the very best athletes and put on very captivating races. So are you against what they are doing?
I'm not opposed to what the NYRR have been doing in recent years w/many of their races, however their marathon was weighted heavily w/foreign runners for about 20+ years. I don't know what's served by pointing out just the NYRR are 'controlling' as every race is free to field who they want. And they do. Is it any less 'controlling' if a dozen men from Eldoret finish ahead of the first American, or one or none? Who gets to decide the definition of 'controlling'?
TReavis is a nice man w/great passion for the sport and is solid commentating on camera. However, he's been complaining about this same topic for years- American distance runners and the sport in general don't get enough play in the press. He wrongly singles out charities as part of the 'problem' w/races. He wrongly feels the influx of foreign runners in American races have made the sport irrelevant for typical sports fans. He wrongly feels races should 'control' the # of foreign runners in their field, saying it stifles creation of home country heroes. Toni talks in circles, offering nothing concrete to 'right the ship'.
My friends, the world started coming to our shores to race in the late 80's and they ARE NOT responsible for the relatively low lack of success by their American counterparts since. There were 350 Kenyan men that broke 2:20 for a marathon in 2007. Those are just Kenyan stats and say nothing about how many raced on American shores. 350 is a startling, heavy number of men from one country to run so fast in one year. You want more American heroes? You want more space in the print media? Run faster America. You want a hero- become one.
As we go, if Amerian races start limiting the # of foreign runners, in effect, watering down the field, fine. If the media starts touting this seeming new-found success by American runners, fine. If races think they'd be serving the sport better by banning participation of charities, fine. I ask you though...what qualifies as improvement in the face of such proposals?