10 Sep '13, 4pm

State of the sport- Rescuing running from life support:

Require athletes to do more. More before the race and more after. At road races, introduce the top runners on the starting line. No matter how big or small the race is. Secondly, require them to stick around after the race. At road races, where you have your post race “party” set up an autograph booth. It’s a perfect opportunity with runners finishing to have their Bibs signed by the race winner or runner up. I know it feels dumb giving an autograph if you are a guy who makes USA’s but has little shot at making a team or perhaps even the final. But the reality is that if you set it up and the race director makes you look and sound important, it doesn’t matter. I’ve given out more autographs during my crappy years of running local road races to little kids then I ever did when I considered myself “fast.” When I’ve been over in Europe at meets in Belgium, I can’t tell you ho...

Full article: http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2013/09/state-of-sport-re...

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