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RE: Great WSJ Article Praising NYC For Ditching Pacemakers - A Runner and His…Entourage?
I don't have a problem with NY not using pacemakers if that's the way they want to run their race, but why do they feel the need to denigrate races that want to use them?
There isn't anything less "real" about racing with pacemakers - if anybody thought that Berlin (or Frankfurt for that matter) was a "snoozefest" then they simply don't appreciate what it takes to run that fast. Perhaps Cacciola should look at the number and length of the threads about Berlin 2011 on this site if he thinks that the race was boring?
If the winning distance is an indicator of a "boring" race, then surely Cacciola must think that Wanjiru in Beijing was also a "snoozefest" - after all Wanjiru ran with his Kenyan teammates (aka pacemakers), broke away at 36km and ran alone into the stadium, finishing almost before Gharib entered the stadium; did that bore you Rojo?
In short, NY isn't a fast course, but it has a lot more than that going on; perhaps Mary Wittenberg could show some class - she shouldn't need to denigrate others to promote her race.
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