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    I just saw this in an AP story. It's the first I've heard about this:

    Marathon runners are about to get a global points system to determine the best racers. Men and women runners will be pooled together with points based on results of their best three marathons over a two-year period. One of the three must be the NYC Marathon. Prize money will be given to the top 10 runners, with the winner receiving $1 million. The rankings start with the Tokyo International Women's Marathon on Nov. 16.
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

  • #2
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    >I just saw this in an AP story. It's the first
    >I've heard about this:

    http://www.runnersweb.com/running/news/ ... thons.html

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    • #3
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      I love it. Thanks ING. But it sucks if you are a major marathon race director and you race didn't make it on that list.

      Now we need to get some corporate sponsorship teams set-up like they had in Japan in the 70's-80's.

      Team Nike training in Oregon, Team Bank America in Boulder, Team Microsoft in Charlotte, Team GE training in Boston, etc. Might give some of our collegiate runners something to shoot for after college.

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      • #4
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        >I love it. Thanks ING. But it sucks if you are
        >a major marathon race director and you race
        >didn't make it on that list.

        The article says that the list is tentative. Here is the list. What obvious ones are missing?

        - Tokyo International Women's Marathon (November 2003 and 2004)
        - Fukuoka Marathon (December 2003 and 2004)
        - Osaka Marathon (January 2004 and 2005)
        - Tokyo International Men's Marathon (February 2004 and 2005)
        - Fortis Rotterdam Marathon (April 2004 and 2005)
        - Paris Marathon (April 2004 and 2005)
        - Flora London Marathon (April 2004 and 2005)
        - Boston Marathon (April 2004 and 2005)
        - Olympic Marathon (August 2004)
        - World Championships (August 2005)
        - Real Berlin Marathon (September 2004 and 2005)
        - ING Brussels Marathon (October 2004 and 2005)
        - LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (October 2004 and 2005)
        - Beijing Marathon (October 2004 and 2005)
        - ING Amsterdam Marathon (October 2004 and 2005)
        - ING New York City Marathon (November 2004 and 2005)

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        • #5
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          Maybe I'm just a poor reader, but I don't see where you have to run in New York to qualify for this thing. It merely says that NYC is the last race in the series, no?

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          • #6
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            Now we need to
            >get some corporate sponsorship teams set-up like
            >they had in Japan in the 70's-80's.

            They are still there. Scheibler was with NEC. There was talk of disbanding it but I think it is still going.

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            • #7
              Re: Marathon points system

              >They are still there. Scheibler was
              >with NEC. There was talk of disbanding it but I
              >think it is still going.

              ...or maybe not...

              "I just switched teams. I used to be with NEC. I'm now with Fujitsu."

              http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300 ... 0P,00.html

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              • #8
                Re: Marathon points system

                Note to American runners.

                Drop the oxygen tent.

                2:18 - way to go.

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                • #9
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                  "However, reports have suggested organisers of the London, Chicago and Berlin marathons have not been consulted over the idea and are unhappy at being included in the list."

                  Why.....????

                  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/athletics/3238859.stm

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                  • #10
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                    If I were one of the other big marathons, or more precisely their title sponsor, I'd be going nuts over this plan. In a negative sense. You're Flora (the big London sponsor) and every time a press release goes out on your race, or when the results are announced, ING's name gets mentioned as well without contributing to the race? Ambush marketing of the worst kind.

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                    • #11
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                      >Ambush
                      >marketing of the worst kind.

                      I understand that but is it illegal? If so, I guess they will have to work something out. If not-good for the sport.

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