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RE: Why was distance running so popular in the 70s (or 80s)? Was it more popular than football?
I concur that that F.Shorter made running popular. He was the first name I associate with early 70's running.Then There was Runnersworld and T&F News.They did indepth articles on Shorter,Salazar, Rodgers and Mary Decker and really played up the Kenyan/US distance rivalry,namely Oregon vs UTEP and WSU. There were only about 6 sports offered by most highschool then.Soccer was not popular in the 70-80's And I have to agree that this sport has probably taken our best runners, on the otherhand USA Soccer has started to be much more competitive on the world scene.

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