And who cares if that make us “mediocre”?!
Apparently, “us,” is “younger athletes.”
The article starts with a triathlon recount from a man in the 50-54 age group, and how surprised he was that he placed in the top 11%, ahead of many people younger than him. The article goes on to say there just aren’t that many fast “young” people these days.
So, here we go. Let me just share some quotes from the article:
- Many new runners come from a mind-set where everyone gets a medal and it’s good enough just to finish.
- Old-timers are suggesting that performance-related apathy among young amateur athletes helps explain why America hasn’t won an Olympic marathon medal since 2004.
- This is emblematic of the state of America’s competitiveness, and should be of concern to us all.
- Last month, Competitor Group Inc. announced it would no longer pay appearance fees for professional runners to compete at its Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon and half-marathon series in the U.S. CGI still pays travel expenses and more for the elite. But to some observers, that change contributed to a growing embrace of mediocrity.
Then the article mentions the Color Run and Tough Mudder and how they don’t time the event. And with how popular those events are becoming, it encourages people not to care about their finish time.
Geesh. It’s a sport, who cares? I mean, really… why do people care about this so much? Because “slower” people are crowding their events? Getting in their way at races? Walking through water stops?
Okay, it would be a lie to say I haven’t been frustrated with walkers starting in front of me in a race I plan to run before (Chase Corporate Challenge), but really… I got over it. It’s just a race. We’re not elite athletes. And those elite athletes are still fast.
What do you think of the article?
I just, ugh. This rubs me the wrong way. I think people should be encouraged to exercise. While I know I personally do not want to walk a half marathon or marathon, if other people want to and the race can support it… they should go for it! And should start in the correct corral, ha ha.