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RE: Why was distance running so popular in the 70s (or 80s)? Was it more popular than football?
To: Blowing Rock Master

Yes, I remember the ITA meets in the 70s. Back then the money did not flow like it does now, so guys like Jim Ryun had to try to make money on the "pro-circuit". What a shame that Jim Ryun was so broke after the 72 Olympics that he was reduced to running track meets that were like a circus just to try for TV ratings. If I recall, they often had a string of lights around the rail, and they would chase the light, which was probably set at 4 minute pace or WR pace.

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