Admitting error isn’t easy, but it can be cathartic. In light of the strong, some might even say vehement, reaction to its decision last September to precipitously eliminate elite, competitive racing at its Rock `n` Roll events – the announcement came just two weeks before the Rock `n` Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon after appearance-fee agreements had been made — San Diego-based Competitor Group, Inc. announced yesterday that it is reversing course and resurrecting its competitive, elite athlete program in 2014.
“It was obvious it was a bad decision,” said CGI senior vice-president of events Tracy Sundlun. “It wasn’t working. The fact of the matter is the leadership, our executive team, heard from the running community and we listened. (Cutting elite competition) wasn’t who we were, or who we wanted to be. It isn’t what we represented, what the sport should be, and what we should be doing with our partners and friends. So the decision was changed, and I’m just thrilled.” (more…)