The separation between the sport of foot-racing and the experience of a closed-road “happening”, all under the rubric of Road Racing, has become so profound –
A friend forwarded this YouTube video to me today.
Flash mob at the 2012 Peachtree Road Race
Though many of these people are wearing official bib numbers, when is it time to declare this something other than road racing?
What running has transformed into over these last years – well, you fill in the definition. I, for one, would just like to see the schism made complete with people’s events and elite competitions going their separate ways. The connection between the two has long since been broken. And as we continue to see in the fewer and fewer race coverages on TV around the country, the charity fund-raising, costume wearing, and celebrity sightings continue to draw more and more of the focus. Not that the pros don’t have themselves to blame for much of that transfer, but that’s another column for another day.
All I’m suggesting is giving the professional sport its due without having Suzy the news anchor go all goose-pimply as the Richard Simmons brigade toddles by sweatin’ to the Oldies at 17:00 – 20:00 per mile pace. Not that I don’t want the brigade to get out there. But make that a separate day’s treat, OK, not an intrusion on my sport. Thank you. (Nothing personal)