Recently, Competitor Group announced they would eliminate the appearance money they offered some of the nation’s and world’s top runners as incentive to run their races. The NY Times covered the story.
The decision has triggered feelings ranging from apathy to outrage from folks up and down the results sheets.
What does the decision mean to you? How does elite athlete appearance factor into your race choice? What repercussions, if any, does it have for the sport? What alternatives can be presented to ensure the livelihood of elites?