Imagine a world where the powers that be select a group of men and a group of women to compete, struggle, and suffer for the amusement of the elites. Imagine an arena built solely for the comfort of the spectating elite classes, one that all but ensures mass suffering of the competitors. Imagine stepping into this arena after being told for years that getting here was an honor and a privilege, only to have the sinking feeling of dread at what’s about to happen to you.
I’m not writing about the Hunger Games. I’m writing about the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. You’d think something like the Marathon Trials would be a celebration of the runners who trained, worked, struggled, and strove to earn a spot on the starting line. Instead, the race organizers treated them like props, props who had to pay their own way to be on the stage, and put the comforts and desires of corporate sponsors and NBC over the needs of the runners to meet the physical demands of the race.
It’s been over a week since the crazy-hot Olympic Trials Marathon, but that doesn’t mean athletes aren’t still steaming. And as more of them speak up about it, we’re continuing to wonder what the hell the USATF and L.A. race organizers were thinking. Read more >>