Should They Cancel The New York City Marathon? (POLL)

Mayor Bloomberg and NYRR CEO Mary Wittenberg defend the decision to move forward with the marathon here. NYRR is donating $1 million towards relief efforts. Our friend at Mario Fraioli makes the case on that the “show mustn’t go on.” Right now the debate is trending on Twitter but honestly I can’t find many who are defending the decision to move forward with the race. There’s a Cancel The 2012 NYC Marathon Facebook account which now has 46,000 Likes in a day, almost as many as the marathon’s official Facebook page.

We’d like to know what you think? Take our quick survey below and we’ll publish the results soon. If you want to know what others think add a question to the poll.

Is The Marathon Boom Over?

Seems hard to imagine but Erin Berisini of Outside Magazine posed the question and looked at the numbers last week.

We checked Running USA’s 2010 State of the Sport Report and also noticed that the number of finishers in 2011 (518,000) was only 2.2 percent higher than in 2010. That’s a measly rate of growth compared to the previous two years, during which marathoning enjoyed growth rates closer to 10 percent.

What do you think?

What Did You Think Of NBC’s London Olympics Coverage?

Kind of old news but we just read the London Games had more viewers (219 million) than any other event in U.S. TV history yet so many seemed unsatisfied with NBC’s coverage.

Obviously, we’re biased so not showing some major track events live was a real bummer, especially the men’s and women’s 100m, 200m and 1500m. Heck, they didn’t even show the steeplechase final during primetime coverage. You either had to stay up until 2am est or tape it and watch it the next day. The biggest criticism seems to be that NBC should have shown more live-coverage, yet NBC Sports Chairman, Mark Lazarus, thinks they should have shown more tape-delayed coverage! A director at Ad Age went further saying, ‘knowing the results of an event made you want to watch the coverage even more.’ But doesn’t that kind of ruin the whole experience? The suspense and excitement watching the men’s 10,000 meters was incredible.

What did you think?

Should The Boston Marathon Course Be Legal?

NYRR hosted a good debate about whether the Boston Marathon course should be legal for world-record purposes. As it stands the course is not legal because it’s point-to-point and its net elevation loss exceeds the IAAF’s limits. We asked some of our coaches to weigh in and it looks like they all agree with the current rule. Jack thinks without last year’s extreme tailwind, times would have been up to 5 minutes slower.

Jack Daniels:  Some years ago I calculated the benefit of the overall downhills of Boston and it was published in Runners World. I went as far as to calculate the time loss during various uphill segments and the gain of various downhill segments. I have a copy of that publication somewhere and will try to find it. Obviously when you see a picture of someone with long hair running Boston and their hair is being blown out in front of their face, they have a pretty good tailwind. I actually have data on the benefits of tailwinds of different velocities and headwinds of various velocities and no question headwinds hurt more than tailwinds help. Something I have always felt might be a good question to ask is what time do you think they would have run last year on Boston if the course had been run in the reverse direction — any guesses here? I would certainly think more than 5 minutes slower.

Why Do You Run?

By Alicia Shay

Truthfully, I had a great nutrition article written and ready to post.  However, as I glanced over the words I had typed out, their importance seemed to pale in comparison to how the nation of Japan is suffering right now.  For the last several days, every time I step outside to go for a run I feel conflicted.  For the first mile my legs feel heavy and my heart feels even heavier.  Images of a country ravaged by an earthquake, a tsunami and now nuclear dangers play through my mind.  My thoughts range from sorrow to prayer to grief to hopelessness and to hope. As the seconds tick by, eventually my pace quickens, the heaviness starts to lift and the urge to stop disappears as I press forward.

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What’s Your Prediction For The Fight?

By Brian Rosetti

Five days to go until the NYC Marathon! This morning I cracked up looking at my iCal forgetting that on Sunday, November 7th I wrote, “NYC Marathon Day – Pain!” As an a unabashed Rocky fan, all I could think about was Clubber Lang’s prediction in Rocky III…


A few photos from the Run SMART Chicago Post-Marathon Party.

Looking good after 26.2 miles in the heat. Party SMART!

‘The Long Green Line’

I was fortunate enough to have stumbled upon this video thanks to a Run SMART fan who posted it on our facebook page. “The Long Green Line” is a cross country running documentary about legendary coach, Joe Newton, and his quest for his 25th Illinois State Title in 50 years. It’s one of the most heart warming stories I’ve seen in a long time and certainly a true tear jerker at times. Coach Newton’s spirit is unrivaled and infectious. I love this man and wish there were more people like him. Once you start watching you can’t stop. He’s the epitome of what all coaches should aspire to when working with younger athletes. Definitely give this film a look…