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RE: Are we witnessing the death of the marathon?
I may be romanticizing the past, but didn't wanjiru stand out among the anonymous Kenyans?
Assumign he did, why was that? Most importantly, he kept showing up to races so you remembered him from year to year.
(Also, his appearance was unusual, he was the OG champ, there was something very aggressive about his running...and there was no 'kip' in his name I suppose. )
What gets people interested is seeing the same guy year after year - Grete Waits and Tegla loroupe are still beloved in NYC because they kept showing up year after year.
If Dennis keeps showing up year after year then he might become loved. But most likely...he will run 1 or 2 more marathons and then disappear. That's terrible for the sport.
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