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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 06:28:25 AM »
Interesting - I would have liked to see some information regarding the average pace increase/ decrease along with the participation increase. 
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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 06:40:54 AM »
It seems like every year lately has been a banner year in participation numbers. Even through the recession, consistently increasing participation numbers. In a way, this is great. However, I wonder how healthy the front of the pack is. Especially with more races all the time filling several months before race day, are we seeing a thinning of the front pack? It's not even all about average finish times but about raw numbers of sub-2:30, sub-3:00, sub-3:30, etc. finishers.

In other words, the event aspect is enjoying banner success. I just wonder how the sporting aspect is doing. Maybe I'll try to get some of those numbers together later from various races.

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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 11:47:32 AM »
The sad part is - these marathons will be "news worthy" for their size - never mind they are the slowest marathon (maybe.)
 
I think these "destination" marathons should reserve a good set of spaces for elites, sub 2:30, sub 3:00 and let them sign up just weeks before the event.  If the marathon is worried about unfilled space - they could have a "stand-by" for day of race registration.  They would know their numbers at least a week or two before the day and announce day of event registration available to "x" number of people - first come - first serve.
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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 01:06:24 PM »
Ed, CIM recently announced some interesting changes. I wouldn't call these changes perfect but they are a step in the direction of what you're talking about. Personally, this ranks CIM very high on my (very) short list of marathons I would consider traveling for.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2011, 11:06:36 AM »
Love it!  This is a good start and a way to easily recognize the high quality runners.  Maybe we can put some pressure on The Lakefront marathon to try something like this.
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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2011, 05:20:39 PM »
This had to have been the "Spring Half" just outside of Boulder. Jeff Mason is the race director and every year he puts on a horribly unorganized event. 
I am sure he never ran for CU and is not a competitive runner of any kind.   He advertises well is his strong point and the experience the runners have
actually doing the race is not important to him.  I would never work for him either as he does not pay his bills.
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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2011, 07:18:36 PM »
This story sounds familiar. Sounds almost like, what was it, Devine events or something like that? Seems like a good director to avoid.

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Re: Report shows U.S. marathons enjoyed banner '10
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011, 10:45:28 PM »
This had to have been the "Spring Half" just outside of Boulder. Jeff Mason is the race director and every year he puts on a horribly unorganized event. 
I am sure he never ran for CU and is not a competitive runner of any kind.   He advertises well is his strong point and the experience the runners have
actually doing the race is not important to him.  I would never work for him either as he does not pay his bills.
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