Competitor Group’s decision to cut it’s elite athlete programs and redirect the funds to increasing back-of-the-pack participation has been met with the reactions you would expect. Either Competitor is an evil anti-elite runner corporation or made a sensible business decision because no one but elites and a handful of LetsRun readers care about elites, anyway. There is also the alternative view posited most notably by Josh Cox that elites deserve to be cut-off because they don’t do anything other than run fast and expect a paycheck.
As with most controversies, there’s a little truth in all sides. But the real reason that I am offended by CGI isn’t because they cut funding to their elite programs, it’s their justification for doing it that really bugs me and it should bug you too. Read more >>