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RE: Timothy Ritchie (2:11:56) And Sara Hall (2:28:10) Win 2017 USATF Marathon Championships At CIM

Sponsor a 2.12 guy? wrote:

Santa Clauze wrote:

Amazing that Timothy Ritchie came back and won that race in such a time after literally quitting running a year ago. I hope success to the man and that now he can get the sponsors and money that he needs to make a living out of it. I read that one reason that he quit running was due to the complete crap amount of money he got out of it.

I wouldn't sponsor someone doing 2.12 unless there was good evidence there were several minutes more to come.

The thing is this- back in the 80's when road racing was big, all the top Americans were racing on the roads.
After the race they were there in the food tent or hanging out at the awards ceremony to talk to and mingle.
That makes them worth some money to a shoe company.
I remember talking to Jerry Kiernan (OK-he's Irish but still) at a 5K. We were talking like we were friends.
This happened a lot- maybe he's just a cool guy who sells a brand just by hanging out with us regular people.

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