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  • $5 M to American major distance winner

    If some company put up $5 million or even $10 million to any American -- native born, sorry Meb -- who won a major distance race, we might see some better performances.

    The company could determine which races are major. Major marathons like Chicago, NY and Boston. Olympic or WC distances from 1500 and up. A $10 M prize for winning Boston might get some guys training seriously.

    Lesser prizes of $1 M or so to important races such as Peachtree.

    The company ain't gonna lose no money anyhow, but why not try?

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    Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

    Am not sure what you're smokin but Deena probably would be for it.

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    • #3
      Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

      Didn't ING or another company propose an idea awhile back whereby an American with the best average finish or something similar at a designated number of 'major' marathons would be paid $US 1 million? The snag was getting the marathons and their sponsors to go along with the idea, if I'm recalling correctly...

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        Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

        the great ones tend to be more intrinsically than extrinsically motivated. to beat runners like k. bekele, geb, el g, etc.at their best, the motivation will have to come from a burning desire within. i dont care if they offer 100 billion or a trillion if one does not have the genetics and willpower it wont happen.

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          Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

          the great ones tend to be more intrinsically than extrinsically motivated. to beat runners like k. bekele, geb, el g, etc.at their best, the motivation will have to come from a burning desire within. i dont care if they offer 100 billion or a trillion if one does not have the genetics and willpower it wont happen.

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          • #6
            Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

            Why should we continue throwing good money after bad? Would a successful American distance type make a lasting difference to our overall success on the world level?

            Our strengths are our strengths. Spend the money where medals ain't so hard to come by.

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              Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

              >the great ones tend to be more intrinsically than extrinsically motivated. to
              >beat runners like k. bekele, geb, el g, etc.at their best, the motivation will
              >have to come from a burning desire within. i dont care if they offer 100
              >billion or a trillion if one does not have the genetics and willpower it wont
              >happen.

              Doug- you've got that right. Money won't make much of a difference. You think Ritz would have tried harder at WXC if he had $1m on the line (well maybe he would have been the top American)? would Kennedy have beaten Geb for $10m.? They want to run well more than they care about the money. The money would be nice but that isn't the reason they are in the sport.

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              • #8
                Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

                Didn't this already happen in the mid/late 90s? I think New Balance said they would give $1Million to an American who broke the AR at the time (this was pre-Khannouchi). No one broke it though. Morris might have come close.

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                • #9
                  Re: $5 M to American major distance winner

                  Didn't Webb win a major Euro 1500 last summer (among his other wins)?
                  Didn't he beat a field with World/Olympic medalists?
                  Wasn't his time superior to the winning performance in Boston yesterday?

                  That's why Webb has so many fans. He is competing at the highest level in a very tough event.

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