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RE: How do you classify a hobbyjogger?
I distinguish between a fitness runner and a hobby jogger. The hobby joggers goal is to experience the social aspect of running in mass participation events. Running as a fundraising experience or just the social brag of I ran in the Mainstreet Toddletrot is far different from using running as, or part of, a well defined fitness program. The line becomes easier to recognize and define as the number of useless gadgets, doodads, potions, elixirs and equipment a hobby jogger amasses to help them get through their run increases.
Hobby joggers are the economic fodder that fuels sponsorship of the elite end of a road race. Embrace and applaud them. Without them top runners would still be getting a couple of bucks hidden in the toes of the shoes offered as prizes to winners or pawning TVs awarded as prizes to help defer the cost of being a runner.
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