If 15,000 marathon runners show up for Boston or New York or Chicago. During the year they each may have consumed four pair of shoes at $100 a pop ($400 x 15,000= $6,000,000), consumed a few dozen Power Bars or the equivalent 15,000x $25=$375,000), bought some socks, windbreaker, tech shirt, pants, gloves, tech winter shirt, sunglasses, headgear, a garmin watch, ($900x15,000=$9,500,000), bought plane ticket and three nights in a hotel in NYC, and a $200 entry fee,( $1,500x15,000=$15,075,000). Hey we haven't even gotten to the sponsorship money. No wonder the vultures are descending. This is just one race. It used to be fun as a race director to bring in the elites just to be able to hobnob a bit with the them. I bet these directors who are losing power are really pissed.
here's the site for the handicap race.
After looking it over , Bill Schnier , former U. of Cincinnati track and field coach had some comments. We also got going on NFL head injuries. Sorry to you track affecianados for this drift.
I'm wondering if the sport of rugby has similar problems with long term effects of playing the game.
Our runners probably suffer from a bit of oxygen deprivation from the years of interval training.
Knowing just a little bit about the Australian psyche, I would expect that there was a lot of betting in the stands and even with legal bookmakers at the track. How bout you take the top ranked sprinter performers for the year in any event in a race like this , get some sponsorship money and see if people would pay to watch and wager?George
Did you see Frontline last night on the saga of NFL head injuries and the league's long and ongoing attempt to deny, then agree to payoff some considerable $, 760 million to about 4000 former players? But they still contend there is no well grounded scientific evidence that long term head injuries are directly related to the game?
The NFL is absolutely sure there is a relationship between head injuries and repercussions later in life, otherwise they would not pay out these sums now. They are paying now so they won't have to pay more later. The bottom line for the NFL and the public in general is the game must be preserved at all costs. Harry Edwards said in the 1980s that sports are the slavery of the present day with the owners being the slave masters and the athletes being the slaves, even though the modern slaves are handsomly paid. In Dr. Edward's case he was primarily talking about the black athletes. At the time I was so energized by sports and would have loved to have been such a slave that it didn't make any sense, but looking at the owners in their luxury boxes, living to an old age while watching players whose life expentency would be 53 years, often ending up with dementia and steroid-related problems makes me realize that he was right. The NFL of today is the modern counterpart of the Christians versus the Lions of yesteryear.
From another reader
First, I have been advocating the outlawing of football in high school and College for a while now. I think that the brain problems are a lot more prevalent than we know. Two of my friends just were diagnosed with football induced brain damage. One was a runner who only played in high school as a youth. The other is only in his mid 40s and never played as a pro. The NFL owners should be jailed and better still should have to pay all medical expenses. Like everything today, it is all about money and the richest 1% of us seem to have it.
Now the fun news. I have spent the morning reading about Alice Munro,of Huron County, who is in a class by herself as the first Canadian and, the first writer of mainly short fiction to win the Nobel Prize.
Now I must get back to the running message boards. Boy, is our sport messed up. Dumbing down is only one of our problems. A medal means nothing now. Again It is all money and drugs. We were so lucky to run when we did although there were problems then too. When I started there were no women in road races or on the roads, Now, I see more women than men running and jogging on my walk most mornings.
Please, keep writing,
Doing a websearch I found this discussion on a Track and Field forum page. GB
In Scotland handicap races have been popular in both amateur and professional versions of the sport before 1992 and have remained popular in the open era since 1992. In all cases the maximum distance run has been that of the published distance, e.g. in a 100m race no-one runs more than 100m. The 'scratch' athlete always runs the full distance and everybody else runs the same or less.
So, Ernie, would you rather in a mile race against Burleson, run the full mile with a 4 second head start, or start the race 30 yards ahead, or make him start 30 yards behind and run the mile plus 30 yards? Oh yes, and let's add a $5,000.00 first prize and a set of steak knives for 2nd prize.
Admittedly some of this is too much finance gibberish for me to comprehend. I'm from an era when you could get in a race for a couple of dollars and get a mimeographed result a week or two later in the mail. If you put your mind to it you could personally know every marathoner in America, because there were only three marathons, Boston , Yonkers, and Culver City, and they didn't have big fields. GB