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RE: Fair our Foul: Two-time Olympic medallist Nick Willis just won a $20 shoe voucher at an all-comers 800 race

well actually wrote:

Good for him. Our sport has enough problems with visibility and participation. It would be good for the sport if more elites jumped in their local all-comers meet. To put it in perspective I recently told a co-worker that I am racing a 5K on the track and they were so confused that I had to explain it to them. They didn't even realize there was such thing as running track outside of high school.

Reminds me of when Weldon came back from Mt. Sac or Stanford or somewhere and had finally achieved his goal of breaking 30:00 in the 10,000. A co-worker who kind of was into sports was always talking to him about his running and knew weldon had beaten thousands of people at the St. Paddy's race.

He knew weldon had flown to California for a race so he asked him on Monday. "Hey man, how did your race go?" Weldon was like, "Amazing."

The guy was like, "Oh did you win?"

Weldon was like, "No."

"What place did you get? How many people were in the race."

I can't remember what weldon said but he didn't have the heart to tell him he had no idea what place he got or how many people were in the race as he didn't care. It was him versus the clock.

For the record, it looks like he was 11th when he first broke 30:00.

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