> At least the race will be continued in 2002 without the IM title. But I
> doubt that it will be around for another 5 years.....
> There are just too many other very atractive long distance events in
there is an opportunity here, but i suspect it will be missed. there
are a world of reasons why there ought to be more long-distance -- but
shorter than IM distance -- races. kuhnel made (it is my guess) a LOT
of money in this sport during the last decade. but we see how easily
one's milk cow can run dry.
roth, and oceanside, ought both to reorient themselves as something like
Nice-distance events. there ought to be a new distance that is quasi-
standard, and i think Nice distance might be it. Nice-Oceanside-Roth
would be a good start.
WTC has done a great job. but so has microsoft. nodoby wants to see
bad things happen to either. both can generate a lot of cash for those
who do business with them. but all that power in one set of hands is
dangerous for everyone (except that lone set of hands).
here is where these race directors get into trouble: they only play
into WTC's hands when they make their unlicensed races the IM distance.
so long as a race is either "IM distance" or a fraction thereof it will
always be subordinate to a "real" IM. i wish fredericia had made itself
Nice-distance. it would be nice if some enterprising RDs got off that