Friday, October 23, 2009

I like the last line of this article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/sports/23marathon.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

8 comments:

fbg said...

Why does everyone make such a big deal about marathons? It's just another distance.

RM said...

That's funny, I was both selling and purchasing those "i'm slow, i know, get over it" shirts at the expo. Guess I'm one of those runners.

The one valid point is that these races are expensive and every minute they have people on the course costs them money. So the $160 I might pay for New York covers me, but if I take 7 hours that actual cost might be more. (Forget for a minute how much that race/RD makes - this is more true for smaller races).

Maybe the guy from the Des Moines marathon should have put an asterisk - if you're leading the race you'll probably get stopped by a train with a quarter mile to go, allowing the guy behind you to catch up and forcing a 400m sprint.

Here's a better article for today:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/23/russia.skating.bear.death/index.html

Ben said...

I bought NYT on my way back from michigan today. There were a few letters to the editor about this article - one was from a 70 year old marathoner who said that he agreed with the six hour rule. His last marathon was in "2 hours 245 minutes and 18 seconds."

THE KRIS said...

yeah, that's totally a... bad vote thingy.

THE KRIS said...

um, obvi that last was about the furinox post not this one.

while i think the more ppl running/racing the better, i have trouble believing that at 6 hours you've pushed yourself hard enough to claim to do what i do.

n. said...

"Russia has a long-standing tradition of training bears to perform tricks such as riding motorcycles, ice skating, and playing hockey."


i would love (LOVE!) to see a bear riding a motorcycle..

THE KRIS said...

wait, how is playing hockey not the best thing a bear could do?

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