Re: Re: Ryan Hall: Why Earpieces Should Be Legal In Racing

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Ryan
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I saw this last week and thought of posting it but decided to not stir the hornet's nest again. Now, that the nest has been stirred, though, I might as well take a couple hits on it also. I had similar thoughts.

A couple things that stuck out to me as I read his argument:

He claims that only using one earpiece would allow one to hear what is going on. That's a common argument that I have not seen proven out in practice. I see people with only one earpiece in and, almost without exception, they are as oblivious to their surroundings as those with both earpieces in.

He claims a level playing field could be obtained by races supplying all elites with earpieces. He seems to assume that all “elite” runners (by whatever standard the race decides) will have a coach with to feel them updates and strategy. In some cases, that will be a failed assumption. As such, no matter what he says, it won't create the level playing field we now have.

I could come up with more comments but I think that will be enough hits on the hornet's nest for now.

Interesting tags.