bobguild76 wrote:For the vast majority of runners, it will be sad to not have the race. But, for the elite men & women, the impact is greater....
You have it backwards.
The elites did not have to pay hundreds of dollars to enter the race, more to rent their own hotel rooms, more to reach NYC. They did not have to take time off work for a long weekend. They likely did not train for the better part of a year with this one event as their singular focus. And they probably already have offers (or agents seeking offers) for all-expenses-paid trips to other races in the coming weeks.
For the elites this is an inconvenience at the worst.
The vast majority of runners are actually really screwed and it will impact them in very real ways.
Sorry to bump this, but it's bugged me for weeks.
It's not usually my way to build a case by tearing down others -- you know, unless they piss me off or something -- but I did that here minimizing the impact of the NYCM cancellation on the elites. It was entirely possible to argue for the impact on the average runner while recognizing the obvious implications for the elites.
Anybody who races gets it. Moving back the date of an A race on a day's or even a week's notice can really blow a peak. Results for many of those forced to find a NYC Marathon alternative, below performance goals, prove it.
(How about those poor souls who picked Cal International Marathon in Sacramento and got hammered with a West Coast gale of their own?)
I feel bad for the approach I took to make my point. And I feel bad for the elites. Of course it was more than an "incovenience" for them and I knew it when I wrote it and I'm sorry I put it that way.