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Race Entry Fees - How Much Is Too Much?
In 1995 I had the opportunity to run in the famed Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa. It had been long time goal to make the journey to South Africa for this race. Needless to say, it required quite a significant cash outlay just to get to the race, some 8000 miles distant from Boston.

Jack Fleming, BAA press liason, addresses questions on the 1997 Boston Marathon
Are the costs associated with the Boston Marathon so high as to demand a fee of $75?

An ocean away, but close to our hearts: we'll miss Mary
Anyone who has come to know Mary Collins is not at all surprised by the fact that her departure from Boston is making a far bigger fuss than did her arrival here in June of 1992, although God knows she doesn't want it that way. Given her choice, Mary would just as soon slip out of town with a few good-byes to her closest friends, and promises to keep in touch.

It was Twenty Years Ago Today
A few years ago at the Marine Corps Marathon pre-race pasta dinner, I had the chance to deliver a motivational talk. During the speech, I asked how many were running in their first marathon. Over fifty percent of those in attendance raised their hands. I was stunned to realize how many new runners were coming into the sport regularly. With each passing year, it becomes a little harder to remember when I was a newbie, trying to figure out what this running thing was all about. As a matter of fact, it was in August of 1976 that I undertook a &quot; running program&quot;. 20 years later, that program has turned into lifelong affair, sometimes passionate, sometimes acrimonious, but almost always interesting.

Thoughts and Opinions on the Centennial Olympic Games
The women's marathon was a striking confirmation that all of the shoe sponsorship, media promotion, living in Boulder, and magazine articles in the world simply will not get it done if the body is not able. Ethiopian Fautama Roba ran beautifully through the streets of Atlanta Sunday, crushing the dreams of the pre-race favorites. Roba seemed capable of running even a few minutes faster if necessary. It's too bad she didn't have the competition to push her to a time of 2:23-2:24.

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