12 Mar '13, 1am

Congrats to Brooks runner @ScottJurek for making the Elite 8 of @runnersworld's Greatest Runners of All Time list!

When we first decided to name the Greatest Runner of All Time–-a designation that we took to calling, fondly, "GROAT"–-we knew it would be tough. And it was. Over many long and contentious meetings, Runner's World editors huddled together to discuss, debate, and dissect. We shared lists, took nominations, compared notes, and made our cases. We may have argued. In the end, we decided it simply could not be done. The idea of selecting one greatest runner ever was absurd. Impossible. We did it anyway. In this bracket (PDF download), you'll see how. First, to impose some sort of order, we grouped our 32 finalists by their "era of dominance"--i.e., the time period during which they accomplished most of their athletic feats. We also used a deliberately broad definition of "greatness." Beyond objective data such as world records and medal counts, we wanted to take the full measur...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/fun/who-greatest-runner-all-time

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