Running on Empathy wrote:
(1) moving the 10k (and maybe even the 5k) off the track and onto the roads/XC
(2) moving field events (aka the "take turns" events) out of the area during "main event" public viewing
(3) two or more water jumps per lap for the steeplechase (let's face it - the water jump is the most interesting part of the steeplechase)...... maybe even add a mud jump?
(4) for American audiences run events over 400 meters in Imperial distances (the 1500 should never be run on US soil except for Olympic qualifying, so replace the 1500 with the mile, the 3k steeplechase with a two mile steeplechase, and add the flat two mile ..... and just call the 800 the "half mile" even though it isn't)
(5) get rid of or at least make some major changes to the decathlon - it tends to confuse casual fans that a guy can win a decathlon 1500 and most of the time not be the winner of the decathlon
There you go. Now just throw some beer and betting into the mix, and Nick's vision can be had!
everything you say is wrong, and here's why
1. moving the 10k off the track. this gets rid of any standardization, which is crucial for fair qualifying if you have time standards. if you get rid of time standards, you have way too many people eligible to compete at championship meets, meaning that you need to bring back a 10k prelim, which is not gonna happen
2. this is totally unfair to field event folks. just because you don't like to watch those events doesn't mean they need to be moved. besides, theyre interesting to watch during a boring race
3. this would be too expensive to implement. and mud wouldnt work because you'd have a range of consistencies, which would screw up time standards, just like moving the 10k to the roads
4. again...stupid to change distances just because they don't suit your preferences. metric is going to replace imperial in the future anyway.
5. the decathlon is a rare event anyway...and the people who show up to meets that host a dec/hept are prob more educated. and with proper announcing and a big scoreboard, you could easily follow the scoring