That's up to each of us to decide.
The great big plus was the change in attitude about female runners. Women now run!
For me there are pluses and minuses in the change. I am glad I ran when I did and and was a spectator when I was. I still spectate. I don't have the talent to run anywhere nearly as sucessfully today. In fact the running scene, espeecially in Canada, passed me by within two years of my best year. My resume looks good on paperwithout times.
But it was all great fun to watch the competitive side catch on. Over a nine year period, I held my time fairly even in Boston and yet lost 20 positions in a small field.
Running was our hobby. We felt that the word "amature" meant somthing and we usually adhered to the defintion strictly but we were forced to do so. Our goal was to be Internationalists.
For me, as a spectator it is very sad. There is no longer an Indoor Track Circuit. There are no longer the big Meets throughout the Continent each year.
The journeyman runner now is obsessed with time. We ran to win. Time was a guide, yes, but, winning was the goal. Pace setters have made a big difference. If he/she goes your pace, racing can be easier.
I still love the sport!